DICKENS’ THE BATTLE OF LIFE, RARE CONTINENTAL EDITION
DICKENS, Charles. The Battle of Life. A Love Story. Leipzig: Bernh. Tauchnitz Jun, 1847. 16mo, original full red cloth. $1000.
Copyright edition for Continental Circulation of the fourth of Dickens’ five Christmas books.
The fourth of Dickens’ Christmas Books, The Battle of Life was the least successful of his books, despite having sold 23,000 copies in the first 24 hours. According to Todd, this was probably set from advance proofs, and this edition may precede the English first. First published in England at Christmas, 1846. Not in Smith. Not in Gimbel. Owner signature dated 1847.
Scattered light foxing. One inch chip to foot of spine, wear to spine extremities. A very good copy of this rare printing.