1868 edition; Walter J. Black publishers, New York; hardbound in burgundy textured boards with gilt stamp signature on cover and gilt decor and lettering along spine (some fading - see pic); quite good condition with unmarked pages; inside covers have small piece of tape(?) reside - but doesn't look bad; minor edge wear on boards; no dust jacket.
A Tale of Two Cities
Set between London and Paris at the time of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities is a biting commentary on the parallels between the events in France and life in London provided through the lives of several characters — primarily Dr Marnette and his daughter Lucie, barrister Sydney Carton, nobleman Charles Darnay, and revolutionaries Monsieur and Madame Defarge. The novel is a rarity amongst Dickens’ works in that it is one of his only pieces of historical fiction, and it is perhaps the darkest of his books, making it a unique and important part of Dickens’ body of work.
The Adventures of Oliver Twist
Seminal for its unfiltered portrayal of the harsh treatment which orphans faced in England at the time, Oliver Twist is the story of the titular young orphan: his childhood in a workhouse, his subsequent apprenticeship with an undertaker, his escape to London, and finally his acquaintance with the Artful Dodger and the ring of adolescent pickpockets of which the Dodger is a part. The novel serves as an effective social commentary, making clear Dickens’ feelings about child labor.