1857 Little Dorrit
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First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding
The first edition of this work, being bound from the parts, with puncture marks present to the gutter. First issue of this work, with 'William' for 'Frederick on page 317 line 27, B2 instead of BB2 on page 371, and 'Rigaud' for 'Blandois' on pages 469-73. Issue points as stated by John C. Eckel in his 1913 publication 'The First Editions of the Writings of Charles Dickens'. Bound in two volumes. Illustrated with a frontispiece, engraved title page, and thirty-eight plates. Collated, all plates are present, including the dark plates. Bound without half-title. Frontispiece and engraved title page are bound to Volume II. 'Little Dorrit' follows Amy Dorrit, who was born and raised in the Marshalsea debtors prison. It was originally published in monthly instalments over nineteen months, and this is the first edition published in a complete book. 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. Illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne, most often known by his penname 'Phiz'. As Phiz, he illustrated many of Dickens' novels, including 'David Copperfield', 'Dombey and Son', and 'Bleak House', as well as illustrating for 'Punch' throughout his life. Prior owner's ink inscription to the verso to the front endpapers, 'E. Jackson Sorol'.
In a half calf binding with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, smart. Minor rubbing to the boards. A little bumping to the head and tail of the spines and to the extremities. Light marks to the boards and spines. Hinges of Volume I are starting but firm. Prior owner's ink inscription to the verso to the front endpapers. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are bright with some spots, a little heavier to the plates.
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