London: Chapman and Hal, 186, Strand.l, 1850. 1st 'Cheap' edition in book form (NCBEL III, 792). xii, 291,  pp. Text double column. P. 291 mispaginated as 294. Frontis by George Cruikshank; engraved by T. Bolton. 8vo. 7-3/4" x 5-1/8" Original publisher's green cloth binding with decorative gilt stamping to spine. Pale yellow eps. Now protected by a custom, clear mylar wrapper. Cocked, with backstrip sun-tanned; some spotting to board edges. Both hinges with paper starting to separate. Prior owner ["Mr J Mundy Tapp"] book label to front paste-down. Some foxing. A Good copy. Item #29471.2
The "Cheap" edition the first systematic reissuance of Dickens' works, with a new preface by Dickens; begun in 1847, with Pickwick Papers, the edition was issued both in weekly and monthly formats, as well as a one-volume edition. The "Cheap" edition is characterized by the double column format and illustrated solely with a frontispiece.