London: Bradbury & Evans, 1853. First edition. Hardcover. Large 8vo. 624 pp. Half-bound in dark calf with the edges ruled in gilt and marbled boards. Spine has five raised bands and decorations and a red morocco label with gilt lettering. The binding dates to the latter half of the nineteenth century. Bound from the parts, as evidenced from sea-green wrapper residue on one of the leaves. Includes all 40 steel lithograph plates. Contains all ten dark plates, the vignette and frontispiece. Lacks the advertisements, wrappers, and half-titles. Text collates as complete, as per Hatton & Cleaver. The plate that was mistakenly bound in Part 10 (Visitors at the Shooting Gallery) is bound in Part 9 in this copy, facing the correct page. The three errata as well as the errata called for by the list of illustrations are present in this copy. An old British booksellers tag is affixed to the front pastedown, Myers & Co on New Bond Street in London. Bleak House focuses on the abuses in the Courts of Chancery, and was a source of controversy for Leigh Hunt, a man who was rumoured to be the source for the character Skimpole. Eckel 79. Hatton & Cleaver 275. Near Fine. Item #00007549
A Near Fine book with a few hints of wear to the extremities, a contemporary owner's name written on the front pastedown, very few spots of foxing throught. Text is overall clean and handsome.