First Edition, First Issue of Charles Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities" (London, Chapman and Hall 1859); 8vo; late 19th cent gilt-ruled crushed red morocco (Riviere), ornately tooled on spine, board edges and turn-ins, all edges gilt; This exceedingly rare True First Edition (bound from the serial parts) will blow your mind. Tipped-in is a letter dated 17 July 1867 from the author (manuscript signed by Dickens!) to his publishers at Ticknor and Fields that accompanied a packet of pages for inclusion in the forthcoming publication of "Reprinted Pieces" regarding the order of publication, a short letter written by Count Arthur Dillon (the man who inspired the character of Sydney Carton), a letter from Lord John Russell (dedicatee of "Tale of Two Cities"), and a letter from Hablot Knight Browne (Dickens's long-time illustrator) regarding business affairs, later used as evidence in a lawsuit. Additionally, this album contains the printed advertisement leaf announcing the publication of "Tale of Two Cities" and two sets of original printed blue wrappers for the serially issued parts of the novel bound in. Complete and very fine, will all 16 plates by Hablot Knight Browne. Smith I, 13; Hatton and Cleaver 333-342; Podeschi A143; Thomson 89.
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