First edition, first issue with "Rigaud" instead of "Blandois" from page 469-74, "William" in place of "Frederick " on page 317, and an incorrect collation symbol.
A very good first edition. In brown cloth boards with leather corners and spine, and marbled page edges. Marbled front endpapers. A previous owner's name has been written on one of the front flyleaves. Some wear to the corners and edges of boards. Slight cracking to the spine inside front cover. Nice and tight, no lean. Illustration pages have some discoloration to the edges. Futher pictures available upon request.
Little Dorrit is a classic tale of imprisonment, both literal and metaphorical, while Dickens' working title for the novel, Nobody's Fault, highlights its concern with personal responsibility in private and public life. Dickens' childhood experiences inform the vivid scenes in Marshalsea debtor's prison, while his adult perceptions of governmental failures shape his satirical picture of the Circumlocution Office. The novel's range of characters - the honest, the crooked, the selfish and the self-denying - offers a portrait of society about whose values Dickens had profound doubts.
Little Dorrit is indisputably one of Dickens' finest works, written at the height of his powers. George Bernard Shaw called it ‘a masterpiece among masterpices’, a vedict shared by the novel's many admirers.