Edition: First Edition

London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition in book form, later issue. 8vo, hardcover, ORIGINAL olive fine-diaper cloth. (iii)-(xviii), 624 pp. First leaf is the half-title. Eight line errata leaf pp (xvii-xviii). 12 line errata slip tipped in after title leaf. Frontispiece, eng raved title, and 38 other plates inserted (complete), by Hablot K. Brown ("Phiz"). No tissue guards. Some old cloth repairs to spine tips, resewn, new endpapers (now tanned). Cloth split to front joint but joint firm; some wear to lower edges of cov ers and to outer corners. Yellowing and occasional foxing to text, with occasional tan spots to text margins; plates darkened and foxed at edges; frontispiece and illustrated title foxed; spine and margins of covers darkened to brown; else a VG copy , tight in the binding. This copy was not bound from the parts (no stab holes to inner margins). It has 27 of the 39 main errors listed in Smith, but "Captain" (p. 324, last word) is correctly spelled and "if" is present on p. 426, line 9. The bindi ng varies from the two described by Smith. It closely resembles Smith's "binding variant", but it has no gilt date at foot of spine and "Charles Dickens" is spelled out in full on the spine. Of note in the history of book illustration is the first p ublished example of the "dark plate" process (at p. 547). Smith I.8; Podeschi A103; Eckel pp 74-76.

Book ID: 16029
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