London: Chapman and Hall, no date [circa 1880]. [Classic Literature] FINELY BOUND. Octavo (18 x 13cm), pp. vi; 543 . With eight engraved plates by Browne, including a frontispiece. Contemporary red half morocco, with gilt titles and decoration to spine, and marbled paper over boards. All edges and endpapers marbled. Gently toned throughout, with some light occasional spotting. Slight sunning to spine, with some light general wear to binding. 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 #59983
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