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Great Expectations.

DICKENS Charles (1861)

£3500.00 

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Household edition. Illustrated from drawings by F.O.C. Darley and John Gilbert. 8vo. Original dark green cloth. New York, James G. Gregory.

In two volumes. First American Edition [?] Research by Kevin MacDonnell shows that this edition, part of Gregory's Household Edition of the Works of Charles Dickens, precedes the edition published by Peterson of Philadelphia. Peterson's edition includes a statement that his is the only edition for which Dickens was compensated, which has long been taken as evidence of his being the first American edition. However, James G. Gregory entered a two volume set of Great Expectations for copyright in New York on August 26th of 1861, just weeks after the Harper serialization ended; Peterson did not enter his one-volume edition until November 8th of 1861. These two volumes are in bright, near-fine condition (a tiny bit of wear at the spine heads, discreet blindstamp of the original Troy NY bookseller on the front free endpaper.) Podeschi D38. In a stout, functional leatherbound case.

Stock Code: 130340