Great Expectations Complete Set in Three Volumes
Ref. 089380 Edition. 1st Edition
Published By: Chapman and Hall 1861 (London)
A truly stunning first edition set. The first appearance of Great Expectations in book form. Originally it appeared it thirty-six weekly numbers of 'All the Year Round'. All first edition, first printings - no 'edition' mentioned on the title page. Limited to just 1000 copies of the true first issue. Beautifully bound by Riviere, in full polished calf. Gilt triple ruled borders to boards, red and green label bands to the spine. Five raised bands to the spine of each volume, with beautiful intricate gilt tooling to each section, gilt titles to the label band, and date to the bottom of each volume. Top edge gilt, fore edge and bottom edge untrimmed. Stunning elaborate gilt inner dentelles. Green endpapers, new prelims and last blank pages, otherwise entirely original. Just the slightest of rubbing to the spine edges otherwise in excellent condition, no fading at all to the spines so they present beautifully and sit very well together on the shelf. Original paper labels pasted in to an end page to each volume. Slight foxing otherwise contents in very good condition, free from any inscriptions. Pages nice and bright with no browning. Meet all reference points as stated in the Walter E. Smith bibliography, including 'recal' to pg84 Vol 1, 'their' for 'her' on pg162 of Vol 2, and 'skackled' for 'shackled' pg262 Vol 3. No publishers catalogue to the rear of volume three but Smith does state that 'some copies of the first five issues did not contain catalogues'. Vol 1 344pp. Vol 2 351pp. Vol 3 344pp. A beautiful first edition set of one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time, a true collector's edition.
Book Condition: Very Good
Binding: Hard Back