A Colonial Copy in the Original Cloth
DICKENS, Charles. Bleak House. With Illustrations by H. K. Browne. London: Bradbury and Evans , 1853.
First edition, colonial copy with first issue points as listed by Smith. Octavo (8 3/4 x 5 5/8 inches; 221 x 143 mm). [i-vii]viii-x[xi]xii-xiv[xv]xvi, [1]-624. [8, publisher's ads). Forty inserted plates, with tissue guards, including frontispiece and vignette title, ten of which are "dark plates." With half-title.

Original olive fine-diaper cloth, with publisher’s primary blindstamping, spine lettered in gilt, pale yellow coated endpapers. Largely unopened. Covers have some minor discoloration, and spine is typically sunned, but there is little other wear. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown. The plates are rather foxed, some more than others, but still very good.

A standard copy in the publisher’s primary cloth binding, with two noteworthy exceptions: eight pages of Bradbury and Evans ads bound at back (no ads usually present), and a gilt imprint (“Sydney | W.R. Piddington”) at foot of spine where usual copies are blank. The expected gilt on spine is in the usual typeface, with the additional imprint in the same typeface and brightness. This suggests the Sydney imprint was done in England at the same time as the rest of the gilt, rather than added by the distributor in Australia. Not in Gimbel; Carr cites exactly such a copy as this, with eight pages of ads and additional Sydney imprint on spine, and Smith cites Carr’s copy. The internal foxing may possibly be due to the moisture in the air on the long sea voyage in 1853. In all, this is quite an uncommon Dickens volume for collectors who thought they had everything.

Smith I, 10. Carr B140(3). Compare Gimbel A131.

HBS # 67079 $3,500