BATTLE OF LIFE. A Love Story

(London: Bradbury and Evans, 1846).

FIRST EDITION OF CHARLES DICKENS? ?CHRISTMAS BOOK?, THE BATTLE OF LIFE. This was the fourth installment in Dickens? series of Christmas Books, the first of which was the timeless and brilliant CHRISTMAS CAROL. Dickens managed to find the time to complete the THE BATTLE manuscript while working on DOMBEY AND SON in Switzerland and in December of 1846 the book was released, selling 23,000 copies in the first 24 hours.
This edition was the only one published in Dickens? lifetime, and it has become of special interest to bibliophiles and collectors due to the four variations of the vignette title. This title page is in accordance with Eckel?s state 4, the D in BRADBURY is unbroken and this copy has the publisher?s imprint. Item #30343

First edition, with the vignette title page in the Todd E1 and Eckel 4 state, rare thus. Engraved frontispiece and vignette title pages. Illustrations by Richard Doyle, John Leech, and others throughout.. Small 8vo, in a very handsome full oak coloured crushed levant morocco binding by the famous Morrell bindery of London, the spine beautifully gilt with elaborately tooled panels within compartments separated by gilt ruled raised bands, two compartments lettered and decorated with fine border tooling gilt, the covers with triple gilt fillet rules surrounding, turnovers with richly gilt rolled borders surrounding gilt tooled inner borders, fine French derived marbled endleaves, all edges gilt, with the original crimson and gilt decorated cloth covers and spine panel bound in the rear. 175, [2] ads. pp.. A very handsome, finely executed binding in excellent and beautifully preserved condition both within and without.

Price: $1,250.00