Publisher: Richard Bentley, London, 1840, 1st edition. Hardback, half-leather with marbled boards, gilt titling, 439 pages. 40 wonderful full page plates and numerous wood engravings in the text, all by George Cruikshank (who also illustrated some of Dickens early books). Cover, in brown half-leather with marbled boards and gilt titling over dark brown leather panel to spine, is in good, sound condition commensurate with age, with just a little rubbing to spine extremities and corners and light shelfwear to edges. Internally the book is in good, tight condition commensurate with age with firm binding. Moderate foxing to text pages and more significant foxing to plate margins and back of plates, although not significantly affecting plates themselves. Small bookplate on front endpaper but otherwsie no inscriptions, tears or creases. Unfortunately, page 1 is missing, having been neatly excised at some stage. Apart from this one fault, this is a sound, tight and brilliantly illustrated 1st edition copy of this stirring and thrilling historical novel centred around the tragic reign and execution of the young Lady Jane Grey.