Great Expectations. London: Chapman & Hall, 1861
8vo (197 x 120mm.), 3 volumes, "third edition" [first edition, third impression] in book form, 32pp. publisher’s catalogue at end of volume III (dated August 1861), original publisher’s violet wavy-grain cloth with floral decoration in blind on covers and spines lettered in gilt, yellowish white endpapers, occasional minor spotting and browning, signatures erased from title-pages, removed bookplates to all three volumes, volume I recased, hinges split or splitting, bindings slightly skewed
Beyond the "third edition" statement on the title pages, there are fifteen issue points specific to the third impression alone. These are as follows: 157.1 faulty "h" in "hard", 162.26 faulty "h" in "hour", 214.22 "n" in "than" missing and 218 page number "2" out of line in volume I, 55.6 opening inverted commas missing, 160.7 faulty "h" in "her", 166.23-26 damage to the letters "ig" "o" "e" and "s", 286.26 faulty "n" in "been", 287.26 faulty "d" in "and", 328.4 mere trace of end-of-line hypen and 336.26 only one opening inverted comma in volume II and 1.10 faulty "e" in "True", 7.19 "P" in "Provis" missing, 108.26 "t" of "night" and full-stop missing and 132.20 ink after "all" in volume III.
Eckel, pp. 91-93; Smith II:14; Great Expectations (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993, Appendix D)
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