BLEAK HOUSE: Dickens Charles BLEAK HOUSE: Dickens Charles BLEAK HOUSE: Dickens Charles


Dickens Charles

Published by London Bradbury and Evans 1853, 1853
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First edition. Illustrated with 40 engraved plates by Hablot K. Browne. 8vo, in a handsome binding to style of three-quarter dark-tan calf over marbled boards. The spine is decorated with gilt ruled raised bands, two compartments with contrasting morocco labels in maroon and black, lettered and framed in gilt xvi, 624 pp. A very nice copy, internally very solid and quite clean with much less than the typical toning of the plates. The binding is very well preserved and remains handsome and pleasing. FIRST EDITION IN A HANDSOME AND WELL PRESERVED BINDING. ‘With BLEAK HOUSE, Dickens thought he was making an advance in art. He had been occasionally reproached for the old-fashioned, happy-go-lucky progress of his stories, and now set himself resolutely to amend the fault. The result was a fiction which his biographer considers very nearly perfect.Nothing is introduced at random, everything tends to the catastrophe, the various lines of the plot converge and fit to its centre, and to this larger interest all the rest is irresistibly drawn.’ (see Forster and Gissing) There is ingenuity throughout and an almost total disregard for is a brilliant, admirable, and most righteous satire upon the monstrous iniquity of "old Father Antic the Law" with incidental mockery of allied abuses which, now as then, hold too large a place in the life of the English people. Bookseller Inventory # 23276

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Publisher: London Bradbury and Evans 1853

Publication Date: 1853

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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