Set against the backdrop of the Gordon Riots of 1780, Charles Dickens's novel Barnaby Rudge is a story of mystery and suspense which begins with an unsolved double murder and goes on to involve conspiracy, blackmail, abduction and retribution. Through the course of the novel fathers and sons become opposed, apprentices plot against their masters and Protestants clash with Catholics on the streets. And, as London erupts into riot, Barnaby Rudge himself struggles to escape the curse of his own past. With its dramatic descriptions of public violence and private horror, its strange secrets and ghostly doublings, Barnaby Rudge is a powerful, disturbing blend of historical realism and Gothic melodrama.
Chapman & Hall, 1890. Hardback. 8vo Crown edition. Publisher's maroon cloth boards. No DJ. 531 pp with 76 illustrations inc tissue guarded frontis. Deckled edges. Book condition: Good. Light shelfwear, bumped corners, mild foxing confined to endpapers. Hinges sound and binding firm. Internally clean and bright. A good, if not very good, copy.