London: Chapman & Hall, 1850. 1st Cheap edition (in volume form). xiv, , 303, [1 (blank)] pp. Text double column. Frontispiece. 8vo. Original green blindstamped cloth with elaborate gilt-decorated spine. VG (contemporary prior owner sig on h-t pg/sp sunned/hd & tail of spine shows some chipping & fraying). Item #4967.3
The "Cheap" edition the first systematic reissuance of Dickens' works and begun in 1847, with Pickwick Papers, in weekly, monthly & volume formats. The edition characterised by the double column format and illustrated solely with a frontispiece, and contains a new preface by Dickens written expressly for this edition.