First edition in book form. Publisher's original olive-green fine-diaper cloth with titles in gilt to the spine. 8vo. Pp. [i-vii] viii [ix] x-xii [xiii] xiv [xv-xvi], 2-624. Illustrated with 40 engraved plates by Phiz, including the frontispiece and vignette title page. A very good copy, the binding square and firm, the spine with a little fading, expertly re-laid and the endpapers renewed using contemporary yellow coated paper stock. The contents with some offsetting of the frontispiece and title page and with only light spotting or finger marks to the margins, are otherwise remarkably clean throughout. An attractive example, deeply uncommon in the publisher's cloth.
In the variant cloth, with more elaborate decorative blind-stamping than the binding illustrated in Smith. An early issue of text with nearly all of the early state internal flaws called for, with the exception of "screamed" for "screwed" on page 132. This correction was made very early in the print run. (Smith: Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth- 9.)
Stock code: 15965