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Great Expectations

by DICKENS, Charles

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London: Chapman and Hall, 1861. PAILTHORPE, F.W.. First edition in book form, first issue according to Smith. Three octavo volumes. [4], 344; [2], 351, [1, printer's imprint]; [2], 344 pp. plus 32 pp. advertisements, dated May, 1861. With the first issue title-pages and with all the internal flaws for the first issue called for by Smith, except page 173 in volume III has an apostrophe in "there's." There are a four more points however that Smith notes which do not occur in every copy. Our set does not have the two points in Volume III that Smith notes only appeared in Sadleir's copy ("3" missing in page number on p. 103, and first "i" missing in "inflexible" on p. 193, four lines up). However, our set does have the two other points which are that there is a period after the headline on page 236 in volume III and also a dot over the 'i" on page 278, volume II. However, according to Clarendon, we have some points of the first issue, but most are second.

Original moderate violet wavy-grain cloth with covers decoratively stamped in blind and spines ruled in blind and decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Spines a bit sunned and extremities of boards and spines lightly rubbed. Occasional signature slightly sprung. Front inner hinge of volume III professionally restored, others with hairline cracks. Overall, an almost fine set in every way. Housed together in a blue morocco pull-off case by Riviere & Son.

One of only two Dickens novels never issued in monthly parts- the typical method since Pickwick- Great Expectations is also one of only two of his novels whose first editions weren't illustrated (in both cases, Hard Times is the other). Great Expectations first appeared in England in the pages of Dickens's popular magazine, All the Year Round, beginning on December 1, 1860 (though two American magazines, Harper's Weekly and the American All the Year Round began serializing it slightly earlier, technically jeopardizing Dickens's British copyright).

"The rarity of the first issue of Great Expectations has been attributed to the probable small binding-up of copies with the first title-page, coupled with the fact (according to C.P. Johnson, Hints to Collectors, p. 33, and others later) that 'the first edition was almost entirely taken up by the libraries.' Patten, pp. 290-92, states that 1,000 copies of the first issue and 750 of the second were printed and that probably most of the first and more than half of the second (1400) copies in all) were purchased by Mudie's Select Library" (Smith I, p. 104, note 5).

Smith I, 14. Eckel, pp. 91-93. Gimbel A146.

HBS 68722.



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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