First edition in book form. Beautiful, possibly original, full dark green pebble-grained morocco with elaborated gilt borders and corner pieces to the boards and inner dentelles. Five raised bands with gilt decorated compartments. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Frontispiece portrait of the author. With 12 illustrations and an engraved title page by S. Fildes. A superb example, the binding fine, square and firm, the contents with light spotting throughout and a 1912 "Dickens Centenary Stamp" to the top right corner of the first text leaf. With the bookplate of the successful pharmaceutical retailer and avid collector of eighteenth-century literature in contemporary bindings Robert J. Hayhurst to the front pastedown.
Dickens' posthumously published final novel. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.
Stock code: 15687