DICKENS, CHARLES. 1812-1870.
A Tale of Two Cities. London: Chapman and Hall, June-December, 1859.
8 parts in 7. 8vo (222 x 140 mm). 16 plates by H.K. Browne ["Phiz"]. Original blue wrappers with front cover design by "Phiz." Custom case. Light soiling and a few instances of faint spotting, spotting and faint ring stain to front wrapper of part 5, neat repair to rear wrapper part 2, despite these few flaws an excellent copy.
FIRST ISSUE OF THE FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS. With misprinted page-number "113" for "213," extreme page-depth measurement of 174 mm on title, and "Cornhill Magazine" advertisement at back of part 7/8. "Morisonian Monument" ad at back of part 1 in English, as usual. All other advertisements corresponding to Hatton and Cleaver, with the following exceptions: 4 pp ads at back of part 3 for "Morisonian Monument" instead of "Morison's Pills"; ad inside back wrapper of part 7/8 for "Fenders, Fire-Irons, and Furnishing Ironmongery" instead of "Slack's Nickel Electro-Plate", and outside back wrapper of same for "Tale of Two Cities" instead of "British Volunteers." H.K. Browne's illustrations for this novel are the last he would produce, afterwards retiring from a long career highlighted by many successful collaborations with Dickens. It also marks the resumption of Chapman and Hall as Dickens' publisher, after a lengthy association with Bradbury and Evans. Hatton and Cleaver note the Cornhill Magazine advertisement at the back of part 7/8, which features an original contribution by Thackeray, as being "particularly scarce." Eckel pp 87-90; Hatton and Cleaver pp 331-342.