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    Sale 5822

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including the Works of Charles Dickens

    1 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 129

    DICKENS, Charles. Hard Times. For These Times. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1854.

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    DICKENS, Charles. Hard Times. For These Times. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1854.

    8° (189 x 122mm). (B1 a little spotted, quire N a little torn at margin.) Original olive green moiré cloth (spine sunfaded). Provenance: Eldon (inscription and bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, IN THE FIRST BINDING. The shortest of Dickens's novels set in the northern industrial city of "Coketown", and the only novel, besides Great Expectations, to be published without illustrations. It appeared in Household Words, in 20 weekly numbers, 1 April-12 August 1854, and was published in book form on 7 August. Eckel p. 131; Gimbel A136; Sadleir 689; Smith I, 11.


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