Hard Times for these Times.
DICKENS Charles (1854.)
£1750.00 [First Edition]
First edition. 8vo. Original primary binding of horizontally-ribbed olive moiré cloth, blocked in blind, spine lettered in gilt, yellow coated end papers. London, Bradbury & Evans.
Some typical fading to spine and extremities, small rip at top of back hinge, minor staining to back cover and light intermittent foxing but generally clean and bright, overall an excellent copy. Never issued in monthly parts, Hard Times was first published serially in 'Household Words' from April 1 - August 12, 1854. Laid in is a portion clipped from the front of an envelope, signed 'Charles Dickens' at the lower left and addressed in the centre "Mr. Hicks/Messrs. Bradbury and Evans", Mr Hicks being Charlie Hicks, foreman printer to Bradbury and Evans, who once owned the original drafts of Nicholas Nickleby, and is mentioned in Dickens' correspondence. Podeschi A136. In a quarter green morocco folding case.
Stock Code: 130343