1850-9 Household Words
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First Edition, Leather Binding
The first edition of this work in book form.
Complete in nineteen volumes.
'Household Words' was Dickens' weekly magazine, published every Saturday from March 1850 to May 1859.
The low price of the magazine at a tuppence per issue ensured its wide readership. Though it wished to champion the poor and working classes, the magazine was primarily aimed to the middle class.
'Hard Times' was serialised in the periodical between the 1st April to the 12th August 1854. Other novels serialised in the magazine include Elizabeth Gaskell's 'Cranford' and 'North and South'.
Volume I, containing 30th March 1850, Issue 1, to 21st September 1850, Issue 26.
Volume II, containing 28th September 1850, Issue 27, to 22nd March 1851, Issue 52.
Volume III, containing 29th March 1851, Issue 53, to 20th September 1851, Issue 78.
Volume IV, containing 27th September 1851, Issue 79, to 13th March 1852, Issue 103. Christmas issue is present.
Volume V, containing 20th March 1852, Issue 104, to 11th September 1852, Issue 129.
Volume VI, containing 18th September 1852, Issue 130, to 26th February 1853, Issue 153. Christmas issue is present.
Volume VII, containing 5th March 1853, Issue 154, to 27th August 1853, Issue 179.
Volume VIII, containing 3rd September 1853, Issue 180, to 11th February 1854, Issue 203. Christmas issue is not present.
Volume IX, containing 18th February 1854, Issue 204, to 12th August 1854, Issue 229.
Volume X, containing 19th August 1854, Issue 230, to 27th January 1855, Issue 253. Christmas issue is present.
Volume XI, containing 3rd February 1855, Issue 254, to 28th July 1855, Issue 279.
Volume XII, containing 4th August 1855, Issue 280, to 12th January 1856, Issue 303. Christmas issue is present.
Volume XIII, containing 19th January 1856, Issue 304, to 12th July 1856, Issue 329.
Volume XIV, containing 19th July 1856, Issue 330, to 27th December 1856, Issue 353. Christmas issue is present.
Volume XV, containing 3rd January 1857, Issue 354, to 27th June 1857, Issue 379.
Volume XVI, containing 4th July 1857, Issue 380, to 12th December 1857, Issue 403. Christmas issue is present.
Volume XVII, containing 19th December 1857, Issue 404, to 12th June 1858, Issue 429.
Volume XVIII, containing 19th June 1858, Issue 430, to 27th November 1858, Issue 453. Christmas issue is not present.
Volume XIX, containing 4th December 1858, Issue 454, to 28th May 1859, Issue 479.
Charles Dickens is one of the most popular authors of the Victorian age. His novels show the grimy side of poverty and prosperity in Victorian England, showing poor social conditions alongside repulsive characters.
In a half calf binding with cloth to the boards. Externally, generally smart, with some rubbing to the boards and spines. Fading to the rear board of Volume I, and to the fore edges of Volume II. Small amount of cockling to the board of Volume III. Light bumping to the head and tail of the spines and to the extremities. A small amount of loss to the head of the spines of Volume VIII, IX, XI, XVI, XVII, XVIII, and XIX. A little fading to the spines. A little loss of leather to the rear board of Volume XIV. Crack to the head of the front joint of Volume XVIII. Hinges of Volume I, II are starting but firm. Rear hinge of Volumes III and V are starting but firm. Front hinge of Volumes II, XIII, XIV, XV, XVII, and XIX are starting but firm. Front endpaper of Volume I is detaching. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and generally clean with some odd spots.
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