Bleak House.

“Constancy in love is a good thing; but it means nothing, and is nothing, without constancy in every kind of effort": First Edition of Charles Dickens' Bleak House

Bleak House.

DICKENS, Charles.


Item Number: 136226

London: Bradbury Evans, 1853.

First edition of this Dickens’ classic. Octavo, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, top edge gilt, marble endpapers. In near fine condition. Illustrated with engraved title page and 39 engraved plates by H.K. Browne.

"In 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, 649-50). "The Dickens cosmos, his phantasmagoric London and visionary England, emerges in Bleak House with a clarity and pungency that surpasses the rest of his work, before and after" (Bloom, 311).

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