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Dombey and Son by  Charles DICKENS - First Edition - 1848 - from Riverrun Books & Manuscripts (SKU: 406386)

Dombey and Son

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Dombey and Son

by DICKENS, Charles

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London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. Spine sunned, lower rear joint partly split, front hinge cracked by threads holding, leather a bit dry, some toning to sheets and occasional foxing, a few plate imprints shaved. 8vo (21 x 13.6 cm). xvi, [2], 624 pages. Lacks half-title. 2-line errata leaf. Engraved frontispiece, title, and 38 plates (including the first example of a 'dark plate', and the first use of horizontal plates) by Hablot K. Browne, all etchings except three (those facing pp. 325, 352, and 439) are lithographs (Hatton and Cleaver noting there is no priority of issue between the etchings and lithographs). Contemporary half calf, marbled boards. FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, BOUND FROM THE PARTS, with stab holes visible in the gutter margins. With early issue points. Eckel, pp. 71-76; Grolier Dickens 155; Podeschi/Gimbel A103; Sadlier I: 687; Smith 8.


Charles Dickens’s story of a powerful man whose callous neglect of his family triggers his professional and personal downfall showcases the author’s gift for vivid characterization and unfailingly realistic description. It follows the narrative of a shipping firm owner, who abandoned his family in favor of fortune after rejecting his daughter’s love in preference of a son. He later reconciles with her and begs forgiveness before his death.  Dombey and Son is a novel by the Victorian author Charles Dickens. It was first published in monthly parts between October 1846 and April 1848 with the full title Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail, and for Exportation . Dickens started writing the book in Lausanne, Switzerland, but traveled extensively during the course of its writing, returning to England to begin another work before completing Dombey and Son.

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The inside margin of a book, connecting the pages to the joints near the binding.
The portion of the book closest to the spine that allows the book to be opened and closed.
Marbled boards
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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]
In reference to a hinge or a book's binding, means that the glue which holds the opposing leaves has allowed them to separate,... [More]
First Edition
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Calf or calf hide is a common form of leather binding. Calf binding is naturally a light brown but there are ways to treat the... [More]
Errata: aka Errata Slip A piece of paper either laid in to the book correcting errors found in the printed text after being... [More]
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