The Battle of Life. A Love Story. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1846
8vo (165 x 104mm.), first edition, 13 illustrations (by Daniel Maclise, Richard Doyle, Clarkson Stanfield, and John Leech), second state of the vignette title page, advertisement leaf at the end, original deep red vertically-ribbed cloth, covers decorated in blind with upper cover pictorially stamped in gilt (two cherubs mounted on wasps above a decorative spray), contemporary ownership signature on endpaper, cream endpapers, all edges gilt, preserved in cream cloth folding box, a touch of spotting to endpapers and preliminaries
A NEAR FINE COPY OF THE SECOND ISSUE OF DICKENS' FOURTH CHRISTMAS BOOK.
Smith II:8; Eckel p.121
Albert M. Cohn, armorial bookplate
Albert M. Cohn was the author of the still definitive guide George Cruikshank, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Work Executed During the Years 1806-1877 (London, 1924)
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