DOMBEY AND SON.
Edition: First Edition
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1848. First book edition, but not the first issue (has some, but not all, of the errors noted in Smith). Frontispiece, engraved title, and 38 plates inserted (complete), no tissue guards. The usual 8 line errata leaf is bound between pp xiv and xv. Old re binding of half leather and marbled boards, marbled endpapers and page edges, spine with four raised bands, gilt decorations, title in gilt. The plates have darkening and some foxing; a bit of spine scuffing, with the spine gilt dulled; split to fro nt joint and cracked inner hinges neatly repaired internally with cloth tape and covers are firmly attached; lower inner corner of leaf listing the plates torn away but no printing lost; a VG copy generally. Bound from the parts issue. Of note in th e history of book illustration is the first published example of the then-new "dark plate" process in the plate at page 547. Smith I.8; Podeschi A103; Eckel pp 74-6.