Item #124675 A Tale of Two Cities. Charles. Browne Dickens, H. K.
A Tale of Two Cities.

A Tale of Two Cities.

1859. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859.

Large 8vo, viii, (2), 254 pp. Frontispiece, engraved title & 14 plates by H.K. Browne. Half green calf, marbled paper boards, backstrip gilt with red gilt-lettered label, marbled edges and endpapers. Binding quite rubbed with some loss of paper from the board edges; text block shaken and toned with some edgewear, chips, and a few leaves becoming loose, occasional foxing particularly to the plates.

§ First edition, first issue in book form of Dickens' great novel of darkness and light. A rough but respectable copy containing all 8 points identified by Smith as well as the signature "b" on List of Plates "omitted... in later copies". This copy is bound without the catalogue, which Smith says appeared "in some copies."

“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.

"A Tale of Two Cities originally appeared in the weekly journal All the Year Round from April 30 to November 26, 1859 (Nos. 1-31). It was also published in eight monthly parts, the last part forming a double number, from June- December 1859. The novel was published in book form on November 21, 1859." (Smith I, 13).

Eckel 87. Thomson 89. Smith I, 13. Item #124675

Price: $2,000.00

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