12 June 2008
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Bleak House. London: Bradbury & Evans, March 1852 - September 1853.
20 issues in 19 monthly parts, 8o (223 x 143 mm). Frontispiece, vignette title-page and 38 plates by Hablot K. Browne ["Phiz"] (including the ten so-called "dark plates" in second state) (a few pale stains, offsetting and spotting). Original blue pictorial printed wrappers (some backstrips renewed, some covers with small repairs), 20th-century green cloth slipcase. Provenance: M.R. Howarth (contemporary signature to front cover parts 5,6,7, 14, 17 ); Mullins (signature part 3); A. Bailey (signature part 4); Denby Pilcher (signature part 8); S. Lawrence (signature part 11).
FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS. With most advertisements and slips called for by Hatton & Cleaver, with the exception of 2-page Mott advertisement at end part one; "Notice of Removal" end part 2; Darton's Publications, and Marsland slip end part 4; Household Words slip at beginning part 5; "The Dodd Family Abroad" slip and "Allsopp's" at end part 7; Mott advertisement and Crochet slip at end part 8; "Bleak House Advertiser", "Handley Cross" slip beginning part 13 and all advertisements at end; "Frank Merryweather" slip end part 14; Mott advertisement anf "Mayall's" end part 15; "Grace Aguilar's Works" end part 16; Mott advertisement at end part 19/20. Hatton & Cleaver, pp 275 - 304.
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