Hard Times for These Times by Charles Dickens
Illustrated by F. Walker and Maurice Greiffenhagen
Published by Oxford University Press, London in 1955
Custom Full Leather Binding by Sims Bindery, Mamhilad, South Wales
Binding Details: Fine contemporary custom binding by the Sims Bindery of full tan calf leather with raised bands to the spine with twin red and green morocco labels as well as elaborate floral giltwork. Double gilt lines to the boards with floral stops at the corners. The inner dentelles are gilt with floral roll. There are hand-sewn silk endbands and hand-marbled endpapers with the top page ends being stained red. Laid into the book is a signed card from Andrew Sims stating that the book was bound by the Sims Bindery.
Book Details: First published in 1854, Hard Times for These Times is widely considered Dickens' harshest indictment of mid-19th-century industrial practices and their dehumanizing effects. The novel offers a fascinating tapestry of Victorian life, filled with the richness of detail, brilliant characterization, and passionate social concern that typify the novelist's finest creations. Of Dickens' work, the eminent Victorian critic John Ruskin had this to say: "He is entirely right in his main drift and purpose in every book he has written; and all of them, but especially Hard Times, should be studied with close and earnest care by persons interested in social questions."
This edition was published in 1955 by the Oxford University Press as part of their New Oxford Illustrated Dickens collection and features four black-and-white illustrations by F. Walker and Maurice Greiffenhagen and an introduction by Dingle Foot.
The book measures 7.5” x 5” with 299 pages as well as a table of contents and a list of illustrations.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition with very superficial surface wear. Internally, exceptionally clean with no signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a beautiful binding that houses one of Charles Dickens most famous works.
Photographs of the binding, endpapers, and binder’s card appear in the photo section of the listing.