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DICKENS, Charles. A Child's History of England, London, Bradbury & Evans, 1852-54, 3 vols., 16°, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, engraved frontispieces by F. W. Topham, (frontispiece of vol. I detached and spotted, vol. II lacking tissue guard of frontispiece, small section of frontispiece of vol. III coloured with crayon, some light spotting and soiling), original reddish brown bold-ribbed cloth, stamped in blind, the front cover stamped in gilt depicting young Alfred reading to his mother, spine gilt (front and rear inner hinges of vol. I split, upper joints slightly holed, spines faded, corners bumped). [Eckel p. 128]

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DICKENS, Charles. A Child's History of England, London, Bradbury & Evans, 1852-54, 3 vols., 16°, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, engraved frontispieces by F. W. Topham, (frontispiece of vol. I detached and spotted, vol. II lacking tissue guard of frontispiece, small section of frontispiece of vol. III coloured with crayon, some light spotting and soiling), original reddish brown bold-ribbed cloth, stamped in blind, the front cover stamped in gilt depicting young Alfred reading to his mother, spine gilt (front and rear inner hinges of vol. I split, upper joints slightly holed, spines faded, corners bumped). [Eckel p. 128]
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A Child's History of England originally appeared anonymously in Household Words in 1851. This is the first issue in book form, the advertisements in vol. I beginning with "Works by Mr. Charles Dickens," followed by four works and the five Christmas books. [Smith p. 75]
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