Pictures From Italy.

Pictures From Italy.
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London: Published For the Author...MDCCCXLVI (1846). 8vo., [i-ii ads], [viii], [1]-269, [270-272] pp., with the following internal pages unnumbered: 5, 17, 30, 38, 84, 98, 107, 120, 144, 165, and 233. Four woodcut vignettes including that on the title. Original publishers blue diaper-cloth, both boards stamped in blind with a triple border entwining at the top and bottom, and a circular eight pointed central medallion; backstrip stamped in blind with rules and three wreaths with title in gilt, pale yellow endpapers. Corners are slightly bumped and there is some rubbing to the head and tail of the backstrip, foxed very lightly at the outer margins, else very good well preserved copy. First edition in original cloth. Samuel Palmer designed the four woodcut illustrations, his initials appear in the lower left corner of the first and the lower right of the last. All “internal flaws” noted in Smith which qualify this as the first issuing of the first edition, including preliminary advertisement for Oliver Twist. “During his year in Italy in 1845 Dickens sent many letters to Forster relating his experiences, as was his usual custom. After their appearance in the Daily News, the articles were published...with new chapters added” (Thomson p. 63). Smith II, 7. Eckel 135-136. Thomson 45. (Item Id: 108363)

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