A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being A Ghost Story of Christmas.

DICKENS Charles (1843.)


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Third edition. Frontispiece and 3 hand coloured etched illustrations by John Leech, 4 wood engraved illustrations by W.J. Linton. Small 8vo., original cinnamon vertically-waved cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, covers panelled in blind, gilt floral decoration to the front cover, cream endpapers, all edges gilt. London, Chapman and Hall.

The first edition of A Christmas Carol sold out within the first five days of being issued. The publishers Chapman & Hall quickly printed the second and third editions to meet the high demand. The third edition was the last to be published with the year 1843 on the title page.

The ultimate Christmas tale. The first of Dickens’ five Christmas books was one that captured the mid-victorian revival of the holiday, and sparked life into a new type of Christmas. With its miserly protagonist, spirits and ghosts, moral lesson, Scrooge’s change of heart, and happy, festive ending, it remains a Christmas favourite over 170 years later.

Extremities ever so slightly rubbed, spine lightly faded and gently rolled, a few small white markings to rear cover, early inked ownership inscription to half title, some occasional spotting, but internally clean on the whole, overall a handsome unsophisticated copy, the colouring fresh and bright.

Walter E. Smith, Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth, ii: 4.

Stock Code: 233832

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