Title: Parley's illuminated library volume I :- ...
Publisher: Parley's illuminated library, London
Publication Date: 1844
Book Condition: Fair
Edition: First edition thus.
8vo, bound undated, half leather spine missing, rear hinge weak as an earlier publication was bound in, now removed. Within two weeks of the publication of A Christmas Carol on 19 December, 1843, Peter Parley's Illuminated Library brought out a 'condensed' and 're-originated' edition entitled A Christmas Ghost Story, selling at a mere penny a piece. Two days later, on January 8th, 1844, Dickens filed for a court injunction to halt publication; the injunction granted on the 10th, he then set out to sue Parley's owners, Richard Egan Lee and Henry Hewitt. The next issue of Parley's Illuminated Magazine was evidently supposed to complete Hewitt's story. Instead, he produced "A Genuine Ghost Story. (Not by Charles Dickens.)". Bookseller Inventory # 500038038
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