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This is an auction for BLEAK HOUSE by Charles Dickens.

Dickens's masterpiece.

This book is from the same edition as those in the photograph.

Introduced by Christopher Hibbert. Illustrations by Charles Keeping.

This is a Folio Society hardback in its original slipcase. review:

"BLEAK HOUSE is a magnificent novel, and an enormously rewarding reading experience. First and foremost it is the story of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, a lawsuit over the contents of a will, and the effects of these proceedings on the parties involved. This lawsuit has caused some to go insane and others to die of despair while they wait for a judgement. Secondly, BLEAK HOUSE is a mystery story involving Lady Honoria Dedlock and her husband's attorney, Mr. Tulkinghorn. One character connects these stories: Esther Summerson, who narrates a good portion of the story. Following the death of the aunt who raised her and some time spent in a boarding school, Esther becomes the ward of John Jarndyce, a beneficent old gentleman, who is also guardian for his two young cousins, Richard Carstone and Ada Clare. Mr. Jarndyce, Richard and Ada are all parties to Jarndyce and Jarndyce. They along with Esther reside at Bleak House, where Richard and Ada become romantically involved. Shortly after arriving at Bleak House, Esther discovers that she bears a striking resemblance to the lovely Lady Dedlock, who harbours a dark secret. BLEAK HOUSE is a thoroughly entertaining and engrossing read: poignant, suspenseful and unforgettable. A wonderful work from a master storyteller!"

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Folio Society hardback 1986.

852 pages.

This book is in very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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