WALLACE, LEW[IS] Ben-Hur. A Tale of the Christ.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1880. First edition, first issue, with the date on the title page, the first issue dedication "To The Wife Of My Youth" in two lines and "be-became" on p. 11, lines 37-38. Original publisher's floral decorated cloth, house in a morocco backed case. 6 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches (17 x 11.5 cm); 552, 12 pp. (ads). Recased preserving spine strip and and endpapers but with no other restoration to the cracked hinges, the binding rubbed and the endpapers lightly thumbsoiled.
Uncommon in the true first issue, the second issue of the book corrected the dedication to less ambiguous wording (his wife was still living). BAL 20798; Grolier American 82.
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