Great Expectations

by Dickens, Charles

Great Expectations is a classic novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1861. It tells the story of Pip, a young orphan boy brought up by his abusive sister and her blacksmith husband in rural England. Pip dreams of becoming a gentleman and escaping poverty, but his life takes a dramatic turn when he receives a large fortune from an anonymous benefactor. As he rises in society, he becomes involved with a host of colorful characters, including the eccentric Miss Havisham and her adopted daughter Estella, and learns valuable lessons about love, loyalty, and the true meaning of happiness. The novel is considered one of Dickens' greatest works and a masterpiece of English literature.

First Edition Identification

Great Expectations by Dickens was first published on 6 July 1861 in London by Chapman and Hall. It is considered not only the rarest and most valuable of Dickens's works, but arguably his greatest. Copies in the original cloth are particularly desirable.

Published in 3 volumes, the first edition of Great Expectations has the original publisher’s violet wavy-grain cloth binding with floral decoration in blind on covers and spines lettered in gilt.

Five impressions of the first edition were printed, each of the latter four with a new edition statement on the title page.

The first edition first issue of Great Expectations’ rarity has been attributed to the probable small binding-up of copies with the first title page, coupled with the fact that the first edition was almost entirely taken up by the libraries.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

Other collectible editions of Great Expectations are the earliest American editions, and subsequent editions of the work, such as the one with 30 engravings by F. A. Fraser (Chapman and Hall; UK, 1872). 

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by Charles Dickens

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Philadelphia, PA: T. B. Peterson and Brothers, 1861. First US Edition . Hardcover. Poor. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Hardcover, original binding with blindstamped front and rear boards which reads: Peterson's Uniform Duodecimo Edition of the Complete Works of Charles Dickens "Boz". Peterson's editions are one of the earliest known US versions and the… Read more about this item
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Sydney: The Shepherd Press, 1947. With 46 illustrations by Norman Lindsay, including two tipped-in. Black cloth with gilt titling, rules and publisher's motif on the spine. The dustwrapper is chipped. Scarce, especially with such a good dustwrapper.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Fine/Good.
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The Limited Editions Club, 1937. Hardcover. Very Good. in x in x in. Limited to 1,500 signed, numbered copies, this being number 569. Signed by the illustrator, Gordon Ross. Sunned spine and front cover top edge. Gilt top page edges. Lightly read ir read at all. No markings in book. Binding is fine. Original slipcase with wear and sunning to… Read more about this item
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Penguin, New York. Condition: Good, edge and corner wear, creasing at corners, spine has creases and small tear at bottom edge, price sticker on rear cover. In what may be Dickens's best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic… Read more about this item
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London: Chapman and Hall, 1861. PAILTHORPE, F.W.. First edition in book form, first issue according to Smith. Three octavo volumes. [4], 344; [2], 351, [1, printer's imprint]; [2], 344 pp. plus 32 pp. advertisements, dated May, 1861. With the first issue title-pages and with all the internal flaws for the first issue called for by Smith, except page 173… Read more about this item
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London: Chapman and Hall, 1861. 3 volumes. First Edition, fifth issue of the title-pages, but with virtually all first issue points of the First Edition, first impression, first state. Vol. III with "i" p. 193, "3" present as last digit in p. 103 in the text per Smith and Clarendon bibliographies and etc. With the August 1861 catalogue.… Read more about this item
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London: Chapman and Hall, 1861. First edition in book form, first issue. Three octavo volumes (7 x 4 1/2 inches; 180 x 115 mm). [2], 344; [2], 351, [1, printer's imprint]; [2], 344 pp. With all first issue title-pages and all the internal flaws for the first issue called for by Smith, except for the two points in Volume… Read more about this item
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London: Chapman and Hall, 1861. 8vo, 351pp, morocco leather binding with spine in six compartments, marbled endpapers, text block edges gilt. Volume II only, "Fourth Edition" noted on title page. Rebacked with cloth reinforcements to hinges, most of original spine perished (what remains is flaking), corners and edges worn, library stamp to front endpaper, library pockets to rear endpaper,… Read more about this item
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by Charles Dickens

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Heritage Press, Norwalk, Connecticut, 1967 Heritage Club Edition
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On Christmas Eve, around 1812, Pip, an orphan who is about seven years old, encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard while visiting the graves of his mother Georgiana, father Philip Pirrip and siblings. The convict scares Pip into stealing food and a file to grind away his shackles, from the home he shares with his abusive elder sister… Read more about this item
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by CHARLES DICKENS

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Early edition in fine binding. Includes The Uncommercial Traveler - 204 pages with Frontpiece by G. J. Pinwell "New Edition " Original Marbled paper & leather binding Leather edges and spine scuffed. End papers and cover in matching marbled paper. All edges marbled . Text bright and free of foxing.
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GREAT EXPECTATIONS

by DICKENS, Charles

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1937
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Edinburgh: Limited Editions Club, 1937. Hardcover. Spine slightly darkened with some rubbing, much nicer than usually found. Near Fine in an intact Very Good slipcase. Gordon Ross. Quarto (7" x 10") bound in green buckram and printed by R. & R. Clark with a previously unpublished 6000-word preface by George Bernard Shaw. This edition is also bibliographically important… Read more about this item
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by Charles Dickens

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Oxford University Press 10/22/1987
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Oxford University Press, 1987. Oxford University Press 10/22/1987. Brown Cloth over boards, gold lettering. DJ vibrant, front flap clipped. NEAR MINT/Very Good++. illustrations by F. W. Pailthorpe and an introduction by Frederick Page.. A mysterious benefactor enables Pip to become a gentleman and he begins to look down on his lower-class friends. illustrations by F. W. Pailthorpe and… Read more about this item
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by DICKENS, Charles

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New York: Chatham River Press / Arlington House, Inc.. Near Fine with no dust jacket. 1983. Hardcover. 0517415097 . A handsome reprint edition of the 13th novel by Charles Dickens. "Great Expectations" is the life story of the author's endearing orphan character, Pip. Includes black & white illustrations by Marcus Stone and others. With a foreword by… Read more about this item
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GREAT EXPECTATIONS

by Charles Dickens

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1987
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London- UK: Laurel Press, 1987. GREAT EXPECTATIONS- Charles Dickens- Laurel Press- London-UK- 1987- 1st Thus- Hardcover:- Large 8vo- As New/ no dj as issued- A fine binding of light brown simulated leather with gilt geometric design and titles in gilt on cover and spine-Unread!- 299pp are clean and crisp- marbled endpapers- A beautiful example!- Unread!!- SEE PHOTOS- "Dickens' classic romance… Read more about this item
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by Charles Dickens

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Contains 16 illustrations. Text free of foxing and markings. Mnor staing on front illustation. No date . Published by Chapman & Hall while located at 12, Henrietta St. Covent Garden W.C. London indicating an early 1900 publishing date..
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by Dickens, Charles

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Chapman and Hall, London, 1861. 5th or later Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. First Edition, fifth issue. Three volumes, including the publisher's catalog dated August 1861 at the rear of Volume III. Bound in the publisher's original ribbed purple cloth binding, with ruling and decorations in blind to boards, lettering and decorations in gilt to spine. This copy has… Read more about this item
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by Dickens, Charles

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Trade Publishing Company. Fair. ca. 1900. Hardcover. Part of set of 15, cheaply printed. No publishing date given. Binding weak at both hinges. Pages unmarked but quite tanned. No dustjacket at issue. Red cloth cover generally worn and soiled, but with no fraying or boards showing. ; 763 pages .
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by Dickens, Charles

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1937
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Edinburgh: R. & R. Clark Limited. Original full green cloth over boards, spine gilt, top guilt, beveled edges in chipped original slip case sunned and ware to edges. This copy is number 721 signed by illustrator, Gordon Ross. . Near Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 1937.
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by CHARLES DICKENS

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Easton Press,1979, 'One Hundred Best Books Ever Written'
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1979
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Easton Press, Norwalk Connecticut, 1979. Easton Press,1979, 'One Hundred Best Books Ever Written'. Fully bounded in brown leather. Very good/no dj as issued. ILLUSTRATED BY Edward Ardizzone.. On Christmas Eve, around 1812, Pip, an orphan who is about seven years old, encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard while visiting the graves of his mother Georgiana, father… Read more about this item
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by Dickens, Charles

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London: Chapman and Hall, 1861. Dickens' penultimate novel, Great Expectations, was written in "the afternoon of [his] life and fame" (G.K. Chesterton). The novel contains some of Dickens' most memorable scenes, including its opening, set in a graveyard, when the young orphan Pip is accosted by escaped convict Abel Magwitch. Upon its release, the novel received near universal acclaim.… Read more about this item
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