"It was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair."
DICKENS, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities...With Illustrations By H. K. Browne. London: Chapman & Hall, 1859.
8vo., [ix], -254, 16 etched plates including frontis and title vignette. Half dark-brown calf and forest-green cloth. The boards edges, corners and joints are rubbed, minor scattered foxing, some of the plates are loose from the stitching, small tear on the list of plates page; otherwise a very good complete copy.
First edition bound from the original parts. All eight of Smith's internal flaws necessary for the first issue present, including page 213 mis-numbered 113.
“When Dickens began the publication of All the Year Round, the successor of Household Words, he realized the necessity of making a strong start. So he began writing A Tale of Two Cities, publishing the first of the serial in the opening number of his new periodical... As a novel of great popularity it probably ranks next to Pickwick and Copperfield” (Eckel 87). This was the last novel in which Dickens worked with “Phiz” after a partnership of 23 years, and was published on commission through the renewed partnership with Chapman & Hall. Podeschi A143. Thomson 89. Smith I, 13.