Lot 235DICKENS, CHARLES
The Battle of Life. A Love Story. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First edition, the rare second issue. Publisher's decorative red cloth, in a fine silk-lined morocco clamshell case by Rivière. 6 1/2 x 4 inches (16.5 x 10 cm); viii, 175,  pp., 2 pp. ads. Minimal wear, a bright copy. Some offsetting to the endpaper from the Richard Bayard Dominick bookplate, which has become detached. 19 December 1846 ownership inscription on half-title..
Usually encountered with the engraved title in the third or fourth state, both the first and second issues are genuine rarities. The title banner in this second state does not have a supporting winged figure. Eckel p. 122; Sadleir 681.
C Property of a Gentleman
Sold for $1,250
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