Dickens, Charles (H.K. Browne "Phiz", illus.)
- Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation
Bradbury & Evans, London, 1848.
First edition: royal octavo; hardcover, half-bound in calf with marbled boards, gilt spine titles on a label and decorations in blind between four gilt-decorated raised bands; 624pp., all edges dyed red, with a monochrome engraved frontispiece, a decorated title page and 38 plates likewise. Two errata sheets bound in. Moderate wear; hinges reinforced; spine label missing; boards rubbed and edgeworn with some fire damage to the top edges and the spine head; joints scraped; boards well-rubbed; scuffing to the spine; text block edges faded; mild smoke damage to the endpapers; previous owner's contemporary ink inscription to the front pastedown; scattered foxing throughout, mainly affecting the plates. Good, withal. Points of difference: I - Missing the half-title page; II - Both the six-line and 12-line Errata sheets are bound-in; III - Capt. Cuttle's hook is on the left hand in the title page vignette; IV - on the page xv. listing of plates, the frontis. and the title vignette are not listed; V - p. xv., no quotation marks around the words "The Party"; VI - p.14, ten lines up from the bottom, no apostrophe in "ain't"; VII - p.26, line 11, "fidgetty"; VIII - p.40, "shewed" and "shew"; IX - p.284, "Delight" used as boat's name instead of "Joy"; X - corrected spelling of "Captain" on p.324; XI - "If" missing from the ninth line of p.426; XII - page number missing from p.431; XIII - p.582, the last sentence lacks a full-stop; XIV - lacks the additional four portrait plates, "Edith", "Little Paul", "Florence" and "Alice" (after Smith). Includes the first of the so-called Dark Plates - "On the Dark Road" - which were created using a special process designed by "Phiz" to enhance the contrast of the images.
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