Barnaby Rudge and Hard Times. In 2 Volumes
London: Chapman & Hall Ltd, . The Library Edition. Half-leather cover on marbled boards. 200mm x 130mm (8" x 5"). 475pp; 471pp. Numerous b/w plates. The Library Edition came about largely because there was no high-quality edition that would appeal to the wealthy. Dickens eventually came round to the idea that an elegant edition could raise the stature of his writings. He faced a complication, in that the rights to the works were divided between Chapman and Hall and Bradbury and Evans. Consequently, the volumes contained the imprints of both publishers. With a dedication to Forster, the The Library Edition appeared in 22 volumes in 1858-9. Titles included Pickwick, Nickleby, Chuzzlewit, Old Curiosity Shop, Reprinted Pieces, Barnaby Rudge, Hard Times, Sketches by Boz, Oliver Twist, Dombey, Copperfield, Pictures from Italy, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, and Christmas Books. The only illustrations were the frontispieces. Between 1861 and 1874 this edition was reissued in 30 volumes with the addition of Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend, The Uncommercial Traveller, A Children's History of England, Christmas Stories, and Drood with additional illustrations by 'Phiz', 'Cruikshanks' et al.. G : in Good condition without dust jacket. Cover rubbed and scuffed. Contents clean and tight. Marbled endpapers and edges .
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