2 April 2008
DICKENS, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. Vol. I, no. 1-Vol. II., no. 31. -- COLLINS, Wilkie. The Woman in White. Vol. II, no. 32-Vol. III, no.70. In: All the Year Round. A Weekly Journal. Edited by Charles Dickens. Together Vol. I, no.1 - Vol. III, no. 71. London; Printed by C. Whiting, 30 April 1859-1 September 1860.
71 original weekly parts, 8o (244 x 160 mm). Title and contents included in nos. 26 and 50. (Small tear to 48/4 crossing a few lines of text.) Original self-wrappers, nos. 67 and 68 partly unopened (front wrapper of no. 1 mostly detached, otherwise fine); blue cloth folding case. Provenance: Kenyon Starling.
A VERY FINE COPY OF THE FIRST APPEARANCES of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, numbers 1-31, and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, numbers 32-71. It also includes a number of sketches by Dickens which afterwards appeared in book form as The Uncommercial Traveller. The following ads are laid-in to the following numbers: ad for the discontinuance of Household Words on yellow paper in no.4; ad for English Woman's Domestic Magazine (4pp.) in no.56; Railway Tracts. No. 11 "I Have My Ticket" (4pp.) in no.58. VERY SCARCE IN UNBOUND ORIGINAL PARTS: according to American Book Prices Current, the last copy in unbound parts to appear at auction was the Slater copy, sold Christie's New York, 12 February 1981, lot 291. Eckel, pp.194-95; Yale/Gimbel E9. (71)
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