Title: Bleak House
Publisher: Bradbury & Evans, London
Publication Date: 1853
Edition: First edition.
624    pages. 22 x 13.5 cm. First edition in the original 20 issues in 19 parts, with 40 inserted plates, including frontispiece and vignette title by Hablot K. Browne. With the Bleak House advertiser in each, back cover ad wrapper in first state, issues one to five, lacks the eight page "Grace Aguilar's Works," slip in part 16; however, all others are retained, and with the scarce "Village Pastor" booklet in part 15. Save for fore-edge chipping to part one, a sound, tight set, some neat backstrip repairs, scattered, mostly toning to plates at the margins. Dickens's assault on the abuses in the Courts of Chancery, "many of the characters in the book were identified as having for their prototypes several of Dickens's friends." (ECKEL pp.79-81). HATTON AND CLEAVER, pp.275-304. Orig. blue/green pictorial wrappers, 20 parts in 19. Very good in rubbed quarter green morocco (faded to brown) and green cloth pull-off case. Bookseller Inventory # 20691
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