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DICKENS, Charles; BROWNE, H.K. (illustrator).

A Tale of Two Cities.

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London, Chapman & Hall, 1859

With one of the most famous opening sentences in history, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens ranks among the novelist's finest, dramatising the conflict between democratic and aristocratic principles during the French revolution. 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way-in short, the period was so far like the present period that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree

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First edition, first issue with p. 213 mispaginated as 113 and signature 'b' on 'List of Plates' leaf, 8vo, 16 engraved plates (including additional title and frontispiece) by Hablot K. Browne, light foxing to endpapers and tissue-guard to illustrated title, else remarkably clean and bright, both text and plates, modern green half morocco by Birdsall of Northampton, gilt lettered on spine, top edge gilt, a superior example in all respects.


Eckel, pp.86-90; Smith I, pp. 96-98.

Stock ID:97107

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