London: Chapman & Hall, 1865. Later printing of the Cheap edition (in volume form). 524 pp. Text double column. Frontispiece by H. K. Browne. 8vo. 7-3/4" x 5". Original publisher's green blindstamped cloth with elaborate gilt-decorated spine. Boards with blind-stamped emblem: "The Works of Charles Dickens. Cheap Editions". Pale grey eps. Slight lean. Some light chipping to cloth at backstrip ends. Hinges starting. Period prior owner labels to front paste-down. An About VG coopy. Item #50797
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, illustrated solely with a frontispiece, and contains a new preface by Dickens written expressly for this edition.