Great Expectations. London: Chapman & Hall, 1861
8vo (197 x 120mm.), 3 volumes, "second edition" [first edition, second impression] in book form, 32pp. publisher’s catalogue at end of volume III (dated May 1861), original publisher’s violet wavy-grain cloth with floral decoration in blind on covers and spines lettered in gilt, yellowish white endpapers, collector’s blue cloth folding box, occasional minor spotting and browning, adhesive residue on front fixed endpapers for volumes II and III, volume I recased, hinges slightly splitting in volumes I and III, repair to lower joint in volume I, extremities very slightly bumped
Beyond the "second edition" statement on the title pages, there is only one issue point specific to the second impression alone. This is on page 160, line 12 of the first volume where "f" in "of" is faulty. Other issue points, as detailed within appendix D of the 1993 Clarendon Press edition of Great Expectations, include the following combination of points which relate to a "second edition" (first edition, second impression):
Volume I: "second edition" statement on title-page, 5.9 faulty comma after "man", 17.26 unbroken "i" in "sides" and 38.19 full stop present
Volume II: "second edition" statement on title-page, 3.24 trace of full stop after "Mr" and 18.14 full stop present
Volume III: "second edition" statement on title-page, 1.10 unbroken "e" in "True" and 19.24 unbroken "s" in "Jaggers"
Eckel, pp. 91-93; Smith II:14; Great Expectations (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993, Appendix D)
Charles Arthur Wynne Finch (1841-1903), bookplate in volume 1 only
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