London: Chapman and Hall, 1860. [Classic Literature] FIRST EDITION, THIRD ISSUE. Octavo (22 x 14cm), pp. x; 254 . With 16 engraved plates by "Phiz", including a frontispiece and vignette title page. One plate misbound. Lacking the signature 'b' on the list of plates, and the pagination of p.213 is corrected, but 'affectionately' is misspelled on p.134, and the name of 'Stryver' is misspelled on the plate at p.94. Bound in contemporary red half calf, with raised bands, gilt titles to a black label, and further gilt tooling to spine. Marbled paper over boards. All edges gilt; marbled endpapers. Fine clear impressions of the plates, with clearly legible captions, and only very minimal toning and spotting. A black ink ownership to first blank. Some toning to spine, with light wear to boards and some scratches and bumps to corners. Very good. One of Dickens most accessible tales, set at the time of the French Revolution, and first published in November 1859. The fortunes of two men - Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer - become entwined through their love for Lucie Manette. Drawn together to the streets of Paris, their fate is played out under the vengeful shadow of La Guillotine. Item #59489
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