London: Bradbury & Evans, 1850. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. 624 pp. Half bound in brown calf over marbled cloth, spine with 5 gilt raised bands and elaborate gilt floral design and gilt lettering, marbled edges and endpapers, engraved frontispiece and vignette titlepage along with 38 additional plates by H.K. Browne ('Phiz'). Bound without the half-title, all else as called for in Smith and Gimbel for the first state (including 'screamed' for 'screwed' on 132, '1850' on vignette titlepage, and the third 'i' on page viii is raised). An attractive copy in a contemporary binding of what is regarded by many, including the author himself (e.g. see Ackroyd, Dickens pp. 605-606), as Dickens' finest novel, a landmark work in the field of English literature. Smith I, 9; Gimbel A122. Very Good. Item #00007139
Light rubbing and some wear to the edges of the boards, darkening to the frontispiece and vignette titlepage, a bit of other scattered foxing and darkening to some of the plates, but most leaves and many of the plates are quite clean.