Dombey and Son. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1848
8vo (221 x 140mm.), FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, half-title, 8-line errata leaf with 12-line errata slip tipped-in, engraved frontispiece and title-page with 38 plates after 'Phiz' (Hablot K. Browne), original moderate olive green fine-diaper cloth, covers with double line blind-stamped border with loop-scroll design at corners and lineal globe-shaped design in the centre, spine in blind with heart-shaped flower designs and lettering in gilt, pale yellow endpapers, some minor tears, plates occasionally offset and browned in margins, upper hinge split, lower hinge split, booklabel and bookseller’s embossed stamp to front free endpaper
FIRST BOOK EDITION IN A VARIANT CLOTH BINDING. Although not noted by Smith as used for this particular title the design matches that used by the publishers for the primary bindings for David Copperfield and and Little Dorrit (see lots 146 and 169). A near-identical example is that used for the one-volume edition of Our Mutual Friend (see lot 201).
The regular binding for Dombey and Son has a chain-like design on the covers (see lot 133).
Hale & Roworth, Manchester, embossed bookseller’s stamp; John K. Bindloss, Annesdale, Eccles, booklabel
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate.
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