1859. London: Chapman & Hall, MDCCCLIX (1859).
8vo., [ix], -254, 16 etched plates including frontis and title vignette. Half dark-brown calf and forest-green diaper-cloth. The boards edges, corners and joints are rubbed, minor scattered foxing, some of the plates are loose from the stitching, small tear on the list of plates page; otherwise a very good complete copy.
§ First edition bound from the original parts. All eight of Smith's internal flaws necessary for the first issue present, including page 213 misnumbered 113.“When Dickens began the publication of All the Year Round, the successor of Household Words, he realized the necessity of making a strong start. So he began writing A Tale of Two Cities, publishing the first of the serial in the opening number of his new periodical... As a novel of great popularity it probably ranks next to Pickwick and Copperfield” (Eckel 87). This was the last novel in which Dickens worked with “Phiz” after a partnership of 23 years, and was published on commission through the renewed partnership with Chapman & Hall. Podeschi A143. Thomson 89. Smith I, 13. Item #108354