London: Chapman and Hall, 1844. Hardcover. First Edition. One of Dickens's least popular novels. Set partially in the U.S., it paints a bleak picture of the country and offers many critisims and warnings about conmen. Attractively bound in full dark brown leather with gilt title, raised bands, and decoration to spine. Minor wear and rubbing to hinges, corners, and spine ends. Ownership signature in pen of Peter Hemery dated November 1845 to front free endpaper. Includes all 39 illustrations by Hablot Knight Browne or "Phiz." As is common, the illustrations are browned (mostly along the margins) and foxed. Remnants of bookplate to front pastedown. Occasional spots of soiling and/or foxing to the text, but clean and bright overall. Full edges gilt; although, gilt is a bit rubbed. 624 pages plus erratta in front. LIT/032520. Very Good.