A Christmas Carol.

DICKENS Charles (1843.)

£10000.00  [First Edition]

4 hand coloured etched illustrations by John Leech,  4 wood engraved illustrations by W.J.Linton. First edition, first issue, half title, advert leaf. Small 8vo. Original brown cloth, lettered in gilt, gilt floral decoration to the front cover, all edges in gilt. London, Chapman and Hall.

All first issue points present, as called for by Eckel: ‘Stave I’ on page one, title page printed in red and blue, dated 1843 in roman numerals, green endpapers. ‘D’ in ‘Dickens’ on the front cover is perfect, as called for by Todd.  

The ultimate Christmas tale. The first of Dickens’ five Christmas books 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 a happy, festive ending, it remains a Christmas favourite over 170 years later. 

Some chipping to edges of plates, small closed split to upper joint, covers slightly soiled, corners ever so slightly bumped, uniformly toned. Sensitively and professionally repaired under our direction. 

Stock Code: 241764

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