2 April 2008
DICKENS, Charles. Dombey and Son. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1848.
8o (221 x 140 mm). 8-line Errata leaf. Engraved frontispiece, title and 38 plates after Hablot K. Browne ["Phiz"] (some pale browning at edges, some occasional pale spotting). Original green cloth, blindstamped on covers and spine, gilt-lettered on spine (a few small stains, slight toning to spine, inner joints cracked); green quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Eleanor Trotter (inscription dated 11 September 1859 on front free endpaper); Centenary Testimonial label; Gilfrid William Hartley (bookplate); Kenyon Starling (bookplate).
A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, in a variant binding, with identical stamping as on the primary bindings of Bleak House and Little Dorrit, see Smith I:10 and 12 (illustrated). COPIES IN CLOTH ARE RARE: according to American Book Prices Current, the last copy in comparably fine condition sold at auction was sold at Sotheby's London, 11 July 1996, lot 166, and this copy was also bound in this variant binding. Sadleir 687; Smith I:8; Woolf 1798.
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