2 April 2008
DICKENS, Charles. Little Dorrit. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1857.
8o (220 x 142 mm). Etched frontispiece, vignette title-page, and 38 plates by Hablot K. Browne ["Phiz"] (some occasional spotting). (Some occasional offsetting from plates.) Original blind-stamped olive-green cloth, spine gilt-lettered, uncut (hinges cracked, a few minor spots on front cover, spine slightly faded); red cloth folding case. Provenance: Morris L. Parrish (1867-1944), American book collector (bookplate); Oliver Brett, third Viscount Esher (1881-1963) (bookplate; his sale, Sotheby's London, 26 March 1946, lot 526); Kenyon Starling (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, FIRST ISSUE, with "Rigaud" for "Blandois" on pp. 469-474, but without the additional 9-line errata. Little Dorrit was Dickens' second commentary, after Pickwick Papers, on the outdated practice of imprisonment for debt. Despite bad reviews from many critics, the book was a popular success. Eckel, pp.82-85; Smith I:12.
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