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These illustrations, by John McLenan, are taken from the first American edition of A Tale of Two Cities – Peterson’s Uniform Edition of 1859. The cover illustration for this issue reproduces one of the illustrations prepared by “Phiz” (Hablot K. Browne) for the monthly numbers of the novel (A Tale of Two Cities was published simultaneously in a weekly and a monthly format). The weekly serial of A Tale of Two Cities was not illustrated.

“The Wine-Shop”

“A White-haired Man Sat on a Low Bench, Stooping Forward and Very Busy, Making Shoes”

“The Shoemaker’s Cell”

“He Took Her Hair Into His Hand Again, and Looked Closely At It”

“He Had Sunk In Her Arms, With His Face Dropped on Her Breast”

The maps reproduced in this issue, which show Paris before and during the French Revolution, are taken from the Plan de la Ville de Paris en 1789 and the Plan de la Ville de Paris, Période Révolutionnaire, 1790-1794. These maps were prepared, in 1887, at the direction of the Municipal Council of Paris, and are valuable as historical and comparative documents. They are reproduced in detail for greater legibility and convenience of reference.

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