By Charles Dickens
London   Bradbury and Evans
8.5" by 5.5" xvi, [1], 2624pp
A stunning first edition, first issue copy of this noted Dickens novel, 'Bleak House.'
By Charles Dickens

1853 Bleak House

London   Bradbury and Evans
8.5" by 5.5" xvi, [1], 2624pp
A stunning first edition, first issue copy of this noted Dickens novel, 'Bleak House.'
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Fine Binding, First Edition, Illustrated

The first edition in book form. A first issue, with the issue points according to Eckel. Line 6 to page 19 reads 'elgble', line 23 to page 209 reads 'chair' instead of 'hair', 'picter' to page 529, line 32, and line 22 of page 275 is 'counsinship instead of cousinship'. 

With a frontispiece, and thirty eight plates, including the ten dark plates.  Illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne, also known by his pen name ‘Phiz’. Browne was an English illustrator who illustrated ten of Charles Dickens' books, including 'David Copperfield', and 'Dombey and Son'.

Gift inscription to the recto of front endpaper, 'Given to Ronald wilson by Agnes Hibbert of Calgary Canada. In Memory of her Husband Reginald Morley Hibbert January 1968'.  

‘Bleak House’ is narrated by Esther Summerson, describing her house of Bleak House, where she goes to live under a new guardian, Mr Jarndyce. At the heart of the novel is a long running legal case, Jarndyce and Jarndyce, in the Court of Chancery. The case surrounds a number of several conflicting wills written by the same person. This case was probably inspired by the Thellusson vs Woodford case, a will which was read in 1797, and was contested and not determined until 1859. The novel actually held support a judicial reform, in the form of the 1870s Judicature Acts.

Charles Dickens is possibly the most well-known Victorian author, with his fifteen novels still being widely read and performed, as well as being studied in school and enjoyed by people of all ages. 

An excellent copy of this noted Victorian novel.

Condition

In a half calf binding, with paper covered boards. Externally, excellent. Gift inscription tipped in to front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright with just the odd light spots. A very bright copy of this work.

Near Fine

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