London: Chapman and Hall, 1862. [Political Novel] FINELY BOUND. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.viii; 471 ; pp. xii; 454 . With 16 engraved plates, including a frontispiece. In contemporary aqua full calf by James HAYDAY, with raised bands, gilt titles to red labels on spine, further gilt decoration to spine, and gilt ruling to boards. All edges gilt; marbled endpapers; gilt dentelle to turn-ins. A little light spotting to blanks and plates. Light wear to binding, with toning to spine, and a volume number coloured over to label. Very good. Containing the second half of Barnaby Rudge, and all of Hard Times. Written in friendly competition with Elizabeth Gaskell's 'North and South', which also appeared in 'Household Words', 'Hard Times' shows what happens to those such as Messrs Gradgrind and Bounderby who rely on 'facts alone'. Dickens' tenth novel, and by far his shortest, it represents a short but very sharp refutation of Jeremy Bentham's Utilitarianism. Item #59156
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