London: Bradbury and Evans, 1848. [Classic Literature] FIRST EDITION, Mixed Issue. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.xviii; 624 . With 40 engraved plates by Phiz, including a frontispiece and vignette title. Lacks the half-title. Contains most first issue points, but 'Birds-Eye' is hyphenated in the Contents. Contemporary tan half calf, with raised bands, gilt titles to dark green label, gilt ruling to spine, and marbled paper over boards. All edges speckled red, with brown endpapers. Heavy spotting to frontispiece and vignette title, otherwise moderate spotting to plates with some offsetting to facing leaves. Moderate general wear to binding. Very good. This landmark novel 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 #64315
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