Nice VERY RARE True First Edition First Printing First State Copy of Ben Hur with florally-decorated cover, correct date, dedication and issue points. Ben-Hur - A Tale Of The Christ Lew Wallace True First Edition First Printing First State Copy Harper & Brothers New York 1880. First State Points: Bound in gray-blue decorative floral cloth. Believed to have been issued in an edition of only 1000 copies. Correct date of 1880 on title page, two line dedication'To / The Wife of My Youth' as opposed to later 4 line version of 1884 and after, correct "be-became" error overlapped lines 37 - 38 on page 11, and 12 pages of advertisements for other Harper & Brothers titles at the rear.
Condition: Pages very clean with only barest hints of toning and very occasional light foxing. 1881 signature and address of initial owner on flyleaf, as well as later 1932 Christmas dedication from subsequent owner (in pencil). Clothbound boards Very Good with fairly clean front and rear boards, rubbing wear through cloth to corners and head and foot of spine, some rubbing to spine edges including one tiny split of cloth and significant toning to spine cloth. Barest natural alignment shifting to few page blocks at outer page edge, without any damage to binding.Just under 7" tall x 1.5" x 5. Please see photos; message with any questions. This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "hopemainebooks" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Republic of, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam, Uruguay.