Bleak House by Charles Dickens (Oxford Illustrated Dickens)


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This is a like new hardcover with dust jacket. 1989 Oxford University Press. This copy is crisp and clean inside and out. Pages are white and bright, crisp and clean and free of markings. Binding tight and straight. Maroon cloth hardcover boards under jacket are like new. Dust jacket is clean and shiny.

This is one of The Oxford Illustrated Dickens, originally published in 19545 and reprinted 1989. The collectible 21 volume set is regard as one of the best illustrated Dickens available. Each volume contains original illustrations, many of which were included in the works first edition. The text is derived from the Charles Dickens Edition, revised by the author in the 1860's.

At the centre of the plot of Bleak House is a mystery surrounding the beautiful and haughty Lady Dedlock. The discovery of her guilty secret by a cunning lawyer sets in motion a series of tragic events, investigated by the detective Bucket. But, it is also a novel about the injustices of the out-of-date English legal system. The other great theme of the novel is that of hypocritical philanthropists who bestow charity on far away lands at the expense of family and neighbors. Intro written by Sir Osbert Sitwell.

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