[a handsome copy] A Novel. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1854. Original blind-stamped blue cloth with gilt-decorated spine.
First American Edition in cloth. HARD TIMES first appeared in America in the weekly "Household Words," from May through September 1854. Toward the end of that run, on August 8th, the American publisher of "Household Words," T.L. McElrath, published the entire book, in wrappers, at 25 cents. One day later, Harper came out with their own wrappered edition, at half the price so as to kill McElrath's -- which it did. Four months later (on December 22nd), Harper came out with this attractively-bound edition, totally reset with 292 pages of text -- the first American hardbound edition.
This is a handsome copy, just about fine (very slight rubbing at the extremities, occasional light foxing within). Smith pp 329-330; curiously not in Gimbel (A139 is the 101-page edition in wrappers). Item #12024