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Bleak House. by  Charles Dickens - First Edition - 1852-1853 - from John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller (SKU: 123284)

Bleak House.

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Bleak House.

by Dickens, Charles

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19 parts (20 numbers) in 2 vols. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1852-1853. 19 parts (20 numbers) in 2 vols. Vol. 1: 8vo, xiv, 624 pp. with the full text, 40 plates etched by "Phiz", including the engraved title, plus the original wrappers and some ads bound in. Full green morocco gilt with pink silk doublures, t.e.g. Vol. 2: Bound ads (the majority), various sizes and paginations. Half green morocco gilt with marbled paper sides and endpapers, t.e.g. Very handsome bindings by Zaehnsdorf, slightest rubbing to morocco, the finest set known. § First edition, bound from the original parts, with the advertisements collected in a separate volume. Dickens' great byzantine tale of family secrets, rapacious lawyers, and innocent victims, which helped lead to actual legal reform in the United Kingdom. Originally serialized in 19 parts (the final part contained two numbers), this is surely the finest bound set known, presented with the wrappers, illustrations, and advertisements in a superb Zaehnsdorf binding. Lacking only 2 of 16 slips for Household Words (issues 5 and 6 per Hatton & Cleaver), and the slip announcing the plate mishap from part 9. The ad for "The Village Pastor", often lacking, is present, as are all issues of the Bleak House Advertiser (divided between vols. 1 and 2), and 80 additional ads and inserts. Previously sold by Colin Franklin to a private collector and thence to us. Eckel 79-81. Sadleir 682. Hatton & Cleaver pp.275-304.


Bleak House is the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, published in twenty monthly installments between March 1852 and September 1853. It is held to be one of Dickens's finest novels, containing one of the most vast, complex and engaging arrays of minor characters and sub-plots in his entire canon. The story is told partly by the novel's heroine, Esther Summerson, and partly by omniscient narrator.


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Bleak House.
Dickens, Charles
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19 parts (20 numbers) in 2 vols

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About John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller offers an exceptional selection of rare books and manuscripts from medieval times through the twentieth century; we specialize in illustrated material, particularly the work of William Blake and his circle. Located in downtown San Francisco, we have served an international clientele of private collectors, libraries, and institutions for 35 years. We are actively purchasing books and manuscripts in all fields, especially medieval illuminated and text manuscripts; material on California, Hawaii, and Pacific voyages; illustrated books and fine bindings from the 15th through the 20th century; and fine press printing. William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Frognall Dibdin remain special interests. We hope you will contact us for any of your book needs: restoration and repair of books and manuscripts; bibliographical information and up-to-date retail and auction prices; informal valuations to formal appraisals of single items or entire collections; auction purchases worldwide (including eBay); and of course, purchases for and sales of your own collections. We guarantee every transaction unconditionally and, as members in good standing of the ABAA, ILAB, and PBFA, we subscribe to the code of ethics endorsed by reputable antiquarian booksellers worldwide.


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Full page illustration or photograph. Plates are printed separately from the text of the book, and bound in at production. I.e.,...[more]
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...[more]
The paper covering on the outside of a paperback.  Also see the entry for pictorial wraps, color illustrated coverings for...[more]
marbled paper
Decorative colored paper that imitates marble with a veined, mottled, or swirling pattern. Commonly used as the end papers or...[more]
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
First Edition
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The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...[more]

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