A handsome, finely bound, 2 volume set, with three of Charles Dicken's classic novels within, and several dozen steel cut engravings. You'll also have the pleasure of opening this book for the first time as most of the signatures are unopened (fore-edge not cut after printing).
Works within include: Barnaby Rudge, Master Humphrey's Clock and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Drood is unfinished, Dicken's having worked on it until the day he died (literally). This work is unique as it arises much discussion regarding just who did commit the murder (Dicken's had not yet revealed this at his death).
Physical Attributes -
1/2 leather fine binding with marbled paper boards. Spines have five raised ribs, and four compartments with gilt decoration, one compartment with "Dickens's Works" in gilt and one with "Barnaby Rudge Etc. (1,2)" in gilt. Top edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Vol. 1 pages - (2), lx, 494, (2), and 23 illustrations. Vol. 2 pages - (2), viii, 548, (2) and 25 illustrations.
From a printing run of the complete works of Dickens, these being volumes 8 & 9 of that run, but with the spines saying Volumes 1 and 2, and the works complete within, these books stand entirely upon their own.
See pictures.Some shelf wear with the occasional board or spine marks and edge rubbing and a little wear at the top of the spines (slightest chipping at top of v.1 spine). Silk endbands present but not connected to endband. Some sun fading to spines. Pages largely unopened.
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