[complete in Household Words] By the Author of Mary Barton. In: Household Words. A Weekly Journal conducted by Charles Dickens. London: Office [of Household Words], in 22 weekly issues dated 2 September 1854 through 27 January 1855, bound into the five monthly Parts dated September through January. Original blue paper wrappers (for the monthly Parts), each with the appropriate HHW Advertiser catalogue dated one month later.
First Appearance, in 22 weekly issues / 5 monthly Parts of Charles Dickens's periodical, Household Words (after each four or five weekly issues, HHW was also made available with those issues bound into a monthly Part). When Elizabeth Gaskell was contemplating writing the story, she sent an outline of it to Dickens and asked him to help her find a title for the story, which she meant to call "Margaret Hale," after the heroine. He proposed "North and South," and she accepted the suggestion. [Parrish] NORTH AND SOUTH is similar in atmosphere to Elizabeth Gaskell's first book, MARY BARTON, in that both are concerned with the grim life of mill workers in England's industrial North -- as opposed to the wealth of the agricultural gentry of England's South. Gaskell was the wife of a Unitarian minister in Manchester, and thus knew first-hand of the poverty and brutal working conditions of mill-workers there; the book's fictional town of "Milton" is modeled after Manchester.~After serialization was complete at the end of January 1855, Harper of New York managed quickly to get out a one-volume wrappered edition in February; Chapman & Hall's two-volume UK edition did not get published until March. (Note: also included in the December Part is the 1854 Extra Christmas Number, partly written by Dickens -- "The Seven Poor Travellers.")~Condition of the five wrappered parts is very good-plus, with minor soil and edge-wear; the wrappers are all intact (even the spines). Quite scarce in this format. See Smith (Gaskell) pp 92-97; Sadleir 931; Wolff 2422; and Parrish pp 62-63. Housed in a custom cloth case. Item #14188