[complete in Harper's Weekly] In Three Books - Splendidly Illustrated. In: Harper's Weekly. A Journal of Civilization. New York: Harper & Brothers, May 7 - December 3, 1859. All of the weekly issues for 1859, bound up into one volume bound in three-quarter brown calf and marbled boards.
First Appearance in America of one of Dickens's best-known tales. In England, this tale appeared weekly in All The Year Round between the end of April and the end of November 1859, and also in eight-in-seven monthly parts from June through December of the same year; the book edition was issued there on 21 November. In the United States, Harper & Brothers paid for the right to issue this novel in Harper's Weekly, where it did appear serially in 31 issues from May 7th through December 3rd 1859; John McLenan prepared 31 chapter vignettes plus 33 other illustrations for this serialization. (T. B. Peterson of Philadelphia in turn bought the illustrations and, by arrangement with Harper's, published A TALE OF TWO CITIES in book form, in numerous formats, upon the end of serialization -- about two weeks after the U.K. book edition.)~This 16-inch-tall volume includes all of the weekly issues for 1859, beginning with that of January 1 and ending with that of December 31. In addition to A TALE OF TWO CITIES, the volume includes the beginning of Wilkie Collins's THE WOMAN IN WHITE (which immediately followed A TALE OF TWO CITIES in All The Year Round). It also includes many other fascinating articles and illustrations of the day, just two years before the commencement of the American Civil War. (For example, there are numerous stirring illustrations from battles of the Second Italian War of Independence, a.k.a. the Franco-Austrian war, then raging -- and in the final issue of the year, there is a great double-page illustration of the new U.S. Senate chamber in session.) Also included are numerous illustrations by Winslow Homer -- although of course these issues do not include his upcoming wartime ones.~These issues are bound in recent three-quarter dark-brown calf, with much-earlier marbled boards. Condition is near-fine (very minor external wear, a few leaves torn or with pieces lacking but not affecting A TALE OF TWO CITIES). Item #12077