A Tale of Two Cities. London: Chapman & Hall, 1859
8vo (8 3/8 x 5 5/16 in.; 214 x 135 mm.). Frontispiece, vignette title; all plates lacking as is the "List of Plates" leaf, waterstains on frontispiece and vignette title, letterpress title lightly browned with some marginal fraying. 19th-century red three-quarter morocco gilt; rebacked with endpapers renewed.
Smith no. 13; Eckel pp. 86 ff.
First edition in book form, first issue, inscribed by dickens to, “The Hon. Mrs. [Richard] Watson from Charles Dickens Fourth December 1859.” The WAtsons were friends of Dickens, whom he had just met in Switzerland. On a couple of occasions, he participated in amateur theatricals at their ancestral home of Rodingham Castle in Northamptonshire.
Page 213 is misnumbered "113," and the other points listed by Smith (p.98) are all present.
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