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Great Expectations

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Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

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  • poor
  • Hardcover
  • first
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Philadelphia, PA: T. B. Peterson and Brothers, 1861. First US Edition . Hardcover. Poor. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Hardcover, original binding with blindstamped front and rear boards which reads: Peterson's Uniform Duodecimo Edition of the Complete Works of Charles Dickens "Boz". Peterson's editions are one of the earliest known US versions and the non-illustrated edition is considered the first state of the Philadelphia (US) Edition. Described officially as the "Unillustrated Edition" (ref: Jarndyce Dickens Catalogue #590, 591), and was published prior to the editions advertised with 34, and later 27, illustrations. The Unillustrated Edition was thought to only exist in wrappers, though this one is hardcover with the Peterson "Boz" embossing - making it somewhat of an oddity. Front board detached and it appears both front and rear end pages (the yellow sheets that match the pastedowns) have been removed - this is assuming there were matching end pages on both sides. There is also chipping on the spine with portions missing. There's still one blank end page in the front end three in the rear. The rest of the binding is good - no torn or loose pages and no other hinge cracks noted. Original owner's name written on front pastedown as well as on front end page. Normally this book would be graded as Fair but as there is a possibility of missing end pages and we have downgraded the condition to Poor. See photos.


Great Expectations is a classic novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1861. It tells the story of Pip, a young orphan boy brought up by his abusive sister and her blacksmith husband in rural England. Pip dreams of becoming a gentleman and escaping poverty, but his life takes a dramatic turn when he receives a large fortune from an anonymous benefactor. As he rises in society, he becomes involved with a host of colorful characters, including the eccentric Miss Havisham and her adopted daughter Estella, and learns valuable lessons about love, loyalty, and the true meaning of happiness. The novel is considered one of Dickens' greatest works and a masterpiece of English literature.

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Great Expectations
Charles Dickens
Book Condition
Used - Poor
Quantity Available
First US Edition
T. B. Peterson and Brothers
Place of Publication
Philadelphia, PA
Date Published
12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾
Bookseller catalogs
19th Century; Collectible;

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Yesterday's Book Shop (Member IOBA)

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A book with significant wear and faults. A poor condition book is still a reading copy with the full text still readable. Any...
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The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
A defect in which small pieces are missing from the edges; fraying or small pieces of paper missing the edge of a paperback, or...
The paper covering on the outside of a paperback. Also see the entry for pictorial wraps, color illustrated coverings for...
First State
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A duodecimo is a book approximately 7 by 4.5 inches in size, or similar in size to a contemporary mass market paperback. Also...
The portion of the book closest to the spine that allows the book to be opened and closed.

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