London: Chapman and Hall, no date [circa 1870]. [Classic Literature] FINELY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED. Octavo (23 x 16cm), pp.xviii; 624 . With 40 engraved plates by Browne, including a frontispiece and vignette title page. Contemporary burgundy half calf, with raised bands, gilt titles and decoration to spine, and marbled paper over boards. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed; marbled endpapers. A nice clean copy internally, with fairly light rubbing to binding, and some sunning to spine. Very good. This landmark novel first published in 1848 weaves together a number of stories concerning a self-important merchant and his two children. Dickens takes aim at arranged marriages, and along the way deals with child cruelty, broken and abusive familial relationships, and the fears elicited by the advent of the railway—which, towards the end of his life, Dickens was to experience for himself while writing Our Mutual Friend. Item #59169
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