London; Bradbury And Evans, 1853. Hardcover. Item #28598
(FT) Half morocco and marbled boards. 8vo. XVI, 624  pages. 23 cm. Illustrated with thirty eight leaves of plates. First edition. Gilt lettering and decorative designs on spine, marbled outer edges, engraved title page, each chapter contains two plates except no. 9 and 10, which contain one and three respectively. "[I]n Bleak House for the first time [society] is seen as an absurdity, an irrelevance, almost a madness. A dark force from which the real people must escape in order to create another society of their own... [Dickens] had been preparing for this novel all his life and, despite the calamities... Which had helped to provoke it in the first place, ... Was even happy while he was writing it... It might even be said that Bleak House cured the very malaise which was responsible for its composition" (Ackroyd, Dickens, pages 649-560) . Subjects: Young women -- Fiction. Guardian and ward -- Fiction. Illegitimate children -- Fiction. Inheritance and succession -- Fiction. Domestic fiction. Bildungsromans. Legal stories. London (England) -- Fiction. Top backstrip torn at edges but intact. Signatures and binding in excellent condition. Slight foxing, especially around plates, throughout, and light soiling throughout. Very good + condition. (DREYFUS-5-12).