by Charles Dickens
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The book is unusual in several ways It is by far the shortest of Dickensâ€² novels, barely a quarter of the length of those written immediately before and after it Also, unlike all but one of his other novels (Great Expectations), Hard Times has neither a preface nor illustrations Moreover, it is his only novel not to have scenes set in London Instead the story is set in the fictitious Victorian industrial Coketown, a generic Northern English millâ€town, in some ways similar to Manchester, though smaller Coketown may be partially based on 19thâ€century Preston
One of Dickensâ€²s reasons for writing Hard Times was that sales of his weekly periodical, Household Words, were low, and it was hoped the novelâ€²s publication in installments would boost circulation â€ as indeed proved to be the case
Bound in fancy threeâ€quarter crimson leather with deep red marbled paper for endpapers and over the balance of the boards The materials used for the bindings date the binding work to around 1890 and a bookplate is affixed to the front pastedown, belonging to Julius Franke (1868â€1936) Franke was a prominent New York City architect whose work included designing the Wurlitzer Building, and it seems likely that he commissioned the binding
The book has minor age/wear indications, including shelfwear and rubbing, with minor cracking along the gutter The binding and text block are sound Text is clear and crisp though mild age toning There is a small number stamp and writing ink to the title page An original booksellerâ€²s embossed stamp appears on a preliminary page; â€³Ja Sellick / Plymouthâ€³ There are no plates, as issued 352 pp.
Hard Times - For These Times (commonly known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854. The book is a condition-of-England novel, aimed at highlighting the social and economic pressures of the times.
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