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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Dickens on a handwritten envelope laid into the book. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with the ORIGINAL green endpapers and ALL the First Issue points present. All four color plates are by Leech are vibrant in color. The 4 black and white illustrations by Linton are present. This First Issue also has most important point 'Stave I' on page 1 with the uncorrected text and the 1843 date printed on the title page. The title page is printed in blue and red ink. The front board has the perfect 'D' within 'Dickens' and a 14mm closest gap from left margin to left of wreath. This copy is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's brown Cloth. The binding is tight with light wear to the spine. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy SIGNED by the author and housed in a custom clamshell slipcase. We buy SIGNED Dickens First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12065287250

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Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: 1843. [the first issue, FINE] In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. 2 pp undated ads. Original rose-brown cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition of Dickens's classic ghost story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Dickens wrote this in less than a month, motivated by financial need; he published it himself, with everyone else associated with the book working on a cost-plus basis. Though he wanted to produce a handsome gift volume (with colored plates, colored title page and all edges gilt), the expense of hand-colored plates cut considerably into his profits; as a result, this was his first and last book to include colored plates. The success of A CHRISTMAS CAROL (the first edition sold out on its publication day, 19 December 1843) put Dickens on a much firmer financial standing.~This is a copy of the first issue, with "Stave I" on p. [1] and with the text entirely uncorrected. It has the following additional issue points:~* title page in blue and red, dated 1843~* chalky green endpapers~ * 14-15mm between the gilt wreath and the left margin blind-stamping on the front cover~* a perfect "D" in "Dickens" in the front cover wreath~Bibliographers have disagreed over the years as to what if any significance these issue points may have, but according to the most recent exhaustive study (Todd's, analyzing the front cover), this copy is of the earliest state of the first issue. ~Except for a lengthy-but-discreet 1929 inscription on the front free endpaper, this copy is in FINE CONDITION: there is just one tiny droplet-mark on the front cover, and as usual the volume is slightly askew. Atypically, there is no wear at the spine ends, the endpapers are not cracked, and there are no repairs or "sophistication." The colored plates are clean and bright, and the textual leaves are entirely free of foxing.~Though the first edition of A CHRISTMAS CAROL is not a rare book, copies of the first issue in fine condition have become quite scarce -- as most copies coming onto the market are worn, or are faded, or have cracked endpapers, or have foxed leaves and darkened plates -- or all of the above; or, worse, have been re-cased, re-backed, or even re-bound. Not this copy. Smith II pp 16-29 (citing prior studies by Gimbel, by Calhoun & Heaney, and by Todd); Eckel pp 110-115. Housed in a felt-lined morocco-backed clamshell case. Bookseller Inventory # 12501

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Carey & Hart, Philadelphia (1844)

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Item Description: Carey & Hart, Philadelphia, 1844. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. John Leech (illustrator). First Edition. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Bears the bookplate of James A. Stillman (1873-1944) chief executive of National City Bank of New York and a prominent book collector An exceptionally Fine copy with almost no wear; opposite the bookplate, on the ffep, there seems to be a faint impression of an earlier erased gift inscription, which is very faint. Original blind stamped and gilt decorated dark blue cloth covers, a rare example due to its exceptionally fine condition, minimal internal ageing, all plates pristine. Bookseller Inventory # 15805

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DICKENS, Charles

Published by London Chapman & Hall (1844)

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Item Description: London Chapman & Hall, 1844. "Trial Issue," with the Title-Page Printed in Red and Green DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1844. First edition, first issue, the very rare so-called "trial issue," with title-page printed in red and green and half-title in green; "Stave I;" text entirely uncorrected; yellow coated endpapers. (Very few copies were published with first issue points in 1844). Small octavo. [8], 166, [2, ads] pp. Four hand-colored steel-engraved plates by and after Leech and four wood-engraved text illustrations by W.J. Linton after Leech. Original cinnamon vertically-ribbed cloth. Outer hinge repaired. Covers decoratively stamped in blind, front cover and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. Binding matches Todd’s first impression, first issue, with closest interval between blindstamped border and gilt wreath equal to 14 mm. and with the "D" in "Dickens" in perfect condition. Spine a little faded, previous owner's contemporary signatures on front free endpaper. Overall, a wonderful copy of this great rarity, exceptionally clean and bright. Housed in a half red morocco clamshell case. Although A Christmas Carol was published in Dec. of 1843, it is believed that Dickens wanted this to originally have an 1844 date to show that it was a new book for Christmas. Eckel calls this edition "the scarcest." Smith, Dickens, II, 4. Calhoun & Heaney, especially pp. 35, 48-49. Eckel, p. 118. HBS 67075. $30,000. Bookseller Inventory # 67075

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Charles Dickens

Published by Chapman and Hall 1843-48., London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall 1843-48., London, 1843. First editions, first issues of all five of Charles Dickens' Christmas Books. Octavo, original cloth, 5 volumes. A Christmas Carol, in Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas is first state binding ("D" intact, 14mm margin), half-title printed in blue, title-page printed in red and blue, verso printed in blue, hand-colored etched frontispiece and three hand-colored etched plates by John Leech, four wood-engravings in-text by W.J. Linton after Leech, 2pp. publisher's advertisements at the end. First edition, second impression per Smith, first impression, first issue per Todd YB43c (yellow endpapers, blue and red title-page, 1843 date, Stave One, remainder of text unrevised per Todd, also all per Scott save p.21, ln. 22, see supplement Table I Scott), one of three combinations that per Todd do not recur in the later issue, order 2 per Todd (no priority, outer b1 inner a1), sewers' mark "12" and line to verso of ad leaf and recto rear endpaper, and with one of five points noted in VanderPoel (space between sentences p.127, ln. 22, is 4mm). Very light wear to the cloth, otherwise fine. The Chimes. A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year yellow endpapers, a.e.g., advertisement, half-title, engraved frontispiece and first state vignette title page. First edition, first issue, with internal flaws per Smith (save "h" p.166, some copies). In near fine condition. The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home yellow endpapers, a.e.g., half-title, frontispiece and vignette title page, first state ad leaf. First edition, first issue, with internal flaws (save p.iv and 79). Front inner hinge cracked; manuscript inscription to title page. The Battle of Life. A Love Story has yellow endpapers, a.e.g., half-title, advertisements, frontispiece and second state vignette title page [Todd C2, Eckel 2]. First edition, with four internal flaws per Smith. In near fine condition. The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. 12mo, original red cloth, yellow endpapers, a.e.g., advertisements, frontispiece and vignette title page. First edition, with internal flaws noted per Smith (save pp.iv and 122, some copies). In near fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional set, uncommon in this condition. A Christmas Carol "may readily be called the Bible of Christmas It was issued about ten days before Christmas, 1843, and 6000 copies were sold on the first day the number of reprintings have been so many that all attempts at the figures have been futile. Altogether 24 editions were issued in the original format" (Eckel, 110). "It was a work written at the height of Dickens’ great powers, which would add to his considerable fame, bring a new work to the English language, increase the festivities at Christmastime, and contain his most eloquent protest at the condition of the poor" (John Mortimer). "Suddenly conceived and written within a few weeks, [A Christmas Carol] was the first of Dickens’ Christmas books (a new literary genre thus created incidentally) it was an extraordinary achievement—the one great Christmas myth of modern literature.". Bookseller Inventory # 4330

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with following First Issue points present "Four hand colored steel-engraved plates by John Leech" "Four black and white wood-engraved illustrations by W.J. Linton" "The title page in printed in blue and red" "dated 1843 on title page" "The front board has a perfect 'D' within 'Dickens' and a 14mm closest gap from left margin to left of wreath" with two pages of advertisement present on last page." A wonderful copy. The book is great shape. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A sharp copy housed in a custom clamshell slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-13175143843

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Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing with 'Stave I' on page 1 and uncorrected text. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with the First issue points. The title page in printed in blue and red, dated 1843. The copy has the ORIGINAL green endpapers. The front board has a perfect 'D' within 'Dickens' and a 14mm closest gap from left margin to left of wreath. A beautiful UNRESTORED copy bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's Cloth. The binding is tight with light wear to the boards. The pages are clean with minor wear. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy in collector's condition. We buy Charles Dickens First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11874319336

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1844)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1844. First edition, first issue, third state, with all of Smith's points, save the dubious period on page 21, line 22. Also known as the "Trial issue," and championed by Richard Gimbel, among others, as the true first state of the book. Title-page printed in red and green with wood-engraved holly vignette, half-title printed in green, handcolored etched frontispiece and 3 handcolored etched plates after and by John Leech, 4 wood-engraved text illustrations after Leech by W. J. Linton, integral terminal leaf of publisher's ads ("Works of Mr. Charles Dickens"). 12mo. The "Trial Issue". While this issue of A Christmas Carol was not the one first distributed, it did reflect the initial conception of the author. In "A Ha! Christmas!," Jock Elliott gives a more cogent explanation of the publication history of the Carol than most of Dickens's bibliographers: "Dickens wanted to produce a little gift book that would be perfect in every respect. For example, not only would it be illustrated, but four of the illustrations would be in color. (In a first edition of 6,000, this meant the immediate hand-coloring of 24,000 engravings!) And Dickens experimented with the format of the book. Here is the sequence of events as I see it: "First, Dickens had the title page printed in red and green, with green endpapers to match. (Red and green were nice Christmassy colors.) But the green type did not look too good - too drab. And the green of the endpapers tended to smudge and rub off. So he switched to red and blue title page and yellow endpapers. And he changed the date from 1844 to 1843, as being more appropriate for a book printed for the 1843 Christmas season. "All the copies delivered to Dickens on December 17 incorporated these changes. I am quite sure that if Dickens had been asked what he considered the true first edition, he would have said, 'Why these, of course.'" Although the "Trial issue" is not the first published of the several variant states of the first edition, first issue of A Christmas Carol, it is indisputably the scarcest. Grolier/Elliott 80; Smith, Dickens in the Original Cloth 2:4; Todd, "A Christmas Carol," in The Book Collector 10:449-54; Gimbel/Podeschi A79 (copy 1) Publisher's cinnamon-brown rib-grain cloth, covers blocked in blind with decorative holly and ivy border, front cover and spine gilt with author and title with a holly wreath, green-coated endpapers, gilt edges (Todd's first impression, first issue of cover stamp); spine worn with some minor repair, extremities rubbed, inner hinges starting. Red half morocco slipcase and chemise. Contemporary owner's signature of James R. Gurnock on verso of front free endpaper; bookplate of author George Barr McCutcheon (AAA, 21 April 1926, lot 68); and signature of Alice W. Hayden on front free endpaper Title-page printed in red and green with wood-engraved holly vignette, half-title printed in green, handcolored etched frontispiece and 3 handcolored etched plates after and by John Leech, 4 wood-engraved text illustrations after Leech by W. J. Linton, integral terminal leaf of publisher's ads ("Works of Mr. Charles Dickens"). 12mo First edition, first issue, third state, with all of Smith's points, save the dubious period on page 21, line 22. Also known as the "Trial issue," and championed by Richard Gimbel, among others, as the true first state of the book. Bookseller Inventory # 100520

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall London 1843, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall London 1843, London, 1843. First Printing. Illustrated by Leech (illustrator). First Edition. Very good tight, bright condition, spine tips worn hardback Green endpapers, red & blue title page, etc.Overall a very good copy of the First Issue, in a custom made clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 020372

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Dickens, Charles 1812-1870

Published by Chapman & Hall, 186, Strand., London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, 186, Strand., London, 1843. Light brown vertically-ribbed cloth, cover borders stamped in blind, front cover and spine decorated and lettered in gilt. Green endpapers. All edges gilt. Title page printed in red and blue, half-title and title verso in blue. Eight illustrations by John Leech of which four are hand colored. Page [1] with "Stave I". Text throughout in uncorrected state. On the front cover the closest interval between blind-stamping left margin and left extremity of gilt wreath is 15mm. The "D" in Dickens is intact. Condition: binding slightly cocked, spine with two tiny chips at top and bottom, gilt bright. Beginning of a slit, front hinge. The green endpapers display the problems that displeased Dickens: fading and smudging. They have separated at the hinge inside back cover. On the front attached endpaper is a small blue label of "Stephenson, Stationer & Printer, 12 & 13 Parliament Street." (not in Spawn & Kinsella). Smith 2/19-29. Eckel p.110-115. Todd in Book Collector, Winter 1961, pp.449-54. Calhoun & Heaney in PBSA 39(1945)271-317. Size: 16.9cm. [8]166[2adv]p. Bookseller Inventory # 003597

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition, first issue, with all first issue points, original cloth, near fine condition, housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 1504703

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DICKENS, Charles.

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. hardcover. Book Condition: very good. First. First issue, with red & blue title page, mottled green end-papers & Stave I at the beginning of the text. The binding is stained and the hinges are cracked, but otherwise a clean, sound copy, in a red morocco solander case. Frontispiece & 3 plates. by John Leech all hand colored as issued; 4 woodcut text illustrations. 2 pages of undated ads at end. 166pp., small slim 8vo, light brown vertically ribbed cloth, stamped in blind with single line & decorative border; gilt wreath surrounding the title; spine with gilt lettering & ornaments, gilt edges. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 261870

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall 1906-1908., London, 1906. Octavo, 40 volumes. Full red morocco bound by Bayntun, with gilt titles and tooling, blue inlay. This example is finely bound and is extra-illustrated with two autograph letters signed by Charles Dickens. The first letter is to Sir John Bowring. An interesting letter regretting that Dickens did not attend Bowring's lecture and mentioning his "Falstaff house" and "All the Year Round" and joking with him about taking poison from the Natives. Bowring was a travel writer and the fourth Governor of Hong Kong. Published in Letters of Charles Dickens: 1836-1870, p 180. The second letter is from London, June 13, 1848, to Edward Davis. In which Dickens apologizes for not answering his letter earlier but explains that he has no connection to the Punch office and that his amateur company will not be able to visit Newcastle. Numerous plates throughout including mounted illustrations after George Cruikshank, Hablot K. Browne. An exquisite set in near fine condition. Dickens is generally considered the greatest writer of the Victorian period. His works are characterized by attacks on social evils, injustice, and hypocrisy. "His imaginative freshness, his deep and sincere tenderness and pity, his whole-souled humor that is seldom sharpened into wit, his superabundance of creative energy, have built a deathless niche in the temple of fame for Charles Dickens" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 184). Bookseller Inventory # 3507

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Charles Dickens

Published by Chapman and Hall 1843-48., London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall 1843-48., London, 1843. First editions of all five of Charles Dickens' Christmas Books, chief among them a first issue of A Christmas Carol, the veritable "Bible of Christmas." Octavo, 5 volumes. Bound in full red polished calf by Zaehnsdorf, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Housed together in a custom slipcase. Illustrated with sixty-three engravings altogether, four in color, by Leech, Maclise, Stanfield, Doyle and Landseer. Christmas Carol is from the first issue, with uncorrected text ("Stave I" as the first chapter heading), the red-and-blue title page dated 1843, and the half title printed in blue. Four more books followed its success with four more Christmas books. In each book, he deftly develops the themes of the first, ideals that have consequently become inseparable from the holiday itself: love and redemption, charity and mercy. First edition of The Chimes, with second state of the engraved title page (publisher's imprint is below the engraved title vignette); First edition of The Cricket on the Hearth, with second state of advertising leaf at rear (headed "New Edition of Oliver Twist"); First edition of The Battle of Life, with vignette title page in the fourth state (subtitled "A Love Story" on a scroll carried by an angel and without publisher's imprint); First edition of Haunted Man and Ghost's Bargain. 110-125. Smith II: 4-6, 8-9. Gimbel (Podeschi). Bookseller Inventory # 3895

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DICKENS, CHARLES

Published by CHAPMAN & HALL, LONDON (1843)

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Item Description: CHAPMAN & HALL, LONDON, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 2nd issue of CHRISTMAS CAROL; all others, 1st issue. In sliupcase. All in original red cloth with gilt. None. Bookseller Inventory # 10769

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Charles Dickens

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Item Description: London, Chapman and Hall, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Charles Dickens; 1843-48; First Editions; London, Chapman & Hall, Bradbury & Evans; Rebound Leather; Illustrated by John Leech, Maclise, Doyle, Stanfield; Each About 150-200 Pages, Ads; w4.2"xh6.7"; Original Cloth Covers Bound in Backs; Extremely Rare!!! Complete Five Volume Set. ATTRIBUTES: Five Brilliant, sleek Maroon Cloth cover designs with Red Morocco leather bindings/corners, ornate gold floral bindings, gold tops of pages, with pretty frontispieces/vignette titles pages, (Color Frontispiece/Three Color Plates to A Christmas Carol), with lots of Excellent Illustrations and each with original cloth covers bound in back and some Legendary Classics from the Famed Author; FIRST ISSUE OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL!!! CONTENTS INCLUDED: 1) A Christmas Carol. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. 1st ed., 1st issue with "Stave I" chapter heading, date in Roman numerals to title, title in red and blue, and half-title in blue. With 4 stunning color plates in nice condition. Small stain to front board, few spots to margins, else a Near Fine copy. 2) The Chimes: A Goblin Story. London: Chapman and Hall, 1845. 1st ed., 1st issue with publisher's imprint at the bottom margin of the title page and page number 39 numbered correctly. Illustrated. A clean and Very Good copy. 3) The Battle of Life. A Love Story. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. 1st ed., 4th issue of title vignette. Illustrated. Small stain to rear board, minor instances of soiling and edge-toning. Clean and Very Good. 4) The Cricket on the Hearth. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. 1st ed., 2nd state. A few top page-ends bumped, very mild age-tone. Clean and Very Good. 5) The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. Bradbury & Evans, 1848. 1st ed., with first numeral on page 166 undamaged. some age-toning. Very Good. BACKGROUND: Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period.During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular. CONDITION: Conditions are Good+/Very Good. Small wear to edges, darkening to hinges/near edges, little color over a few dark marks to leather, little spotting mainly to margins here and there, few bound in spine cloths are tattered/missing some, most pages/hinges/text blocks are very good for over 155 years old!!!. Bookseller Inventory # 000001

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing with "Stave 1" printed on page 1 later changed to "Stave one" on later editions. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL brown cloth with NO restoration and has the First Issue points "title page printed in blue and red dated 1843 in Roman numerals, "yellow endpapers" "perfect "D" in "Dickens" in the front cover wreath". The front board has a few black marks but the book is still attractive. The pages are clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-13175069904

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RACKHAM, Arthur.) DICKENS, Charles.

Published by London: William Heinemann; J. B. Lippincott Co., New York, 1915 (1915)

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Item Description: London: William Heinemann; J. B. Lippincott Co., New York, 1915, 1915. Large quarto. Original vellum, titles and pictorial decoration to spine and front board and top edge gilt, others untrimmed, pictorial endpapers, silk ribbon ties. Housed in a dark blue cloth slipcase by The Chelsea Bindery. Boards a little toned, bottom corner of lightly bowed front board slightly bumped, faint partial tanning to endpapers. An excellent with the original silk ribbon ties, which are often missing. Tipped-in colour frontispiece and 11 plates on grey paper with printed tissue-guards, illustrations throughout in black and white. Signed limited edition, no. 449 of 525 numbered copies signed by the illustrator. Presentation copy inscribed by Rackham on the half-title to American author and illustrator Oliver Herford, "To Oliver Herford, Arthur Rackham, 1927", underneath Rackham's original ink drawing of two birds dressed as Victorian men and singing Christmas carols from a sheet of music held between them. Riall p. 124. Bookseller Inventory # 89934

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Item Description: London: Chapman & Hall, 1843, etc., 1843. A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First Edition, with red and blue title page, yellow end papers, "Stave I," uncorrected text, 1843, blue half-title. Foolscap 8vo, gilt decorated brown cloth, a.e.g., [iii], 166, [ii] pp. Color frontis., plates. professionally rebacked, preserving the original spine. The Chimes: A goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In. London: Chapman and Hall, 1845. First Edition, First Issue with name of publishers engraved on title vignette. Foolscap 8vo, gilt-decorated crimson cloth, a.e. g., [i],175 pp. Frontis., engraved title, plates. Spine shows shelf wear. The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home. London: Printed and Published for the Author, by Bradbury and Evans, 1846. First Edition. Foolscap 8vo, gilt-decorated crimsom cloth, a.e.g., 174, [ii] pp. Frontis., engraved title, plates. Light wear. The Battle of Life. A Love Story. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First Edition, Fourth Issue of the vignette title with the cupid and scroll with no mention of the publishers. Foolscap 8vo, gilt-decorated crimson cloth, a.e.g., 175 pp. Illus. Light wear. The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First Edition, with broken numeral on page 166. Foolscap 8vo, gilt-decorated crimson cloth, a.e.g., 188 pp. Illus. Bright copy with minimal wear. Together, five volumes, each in individual chemise cases by James MacDonald, and the set housed in a morocco & linen slip case. Christmas, Literature, Charles Dickens. Bookseller Inventory # m3044

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Dickens, Charles.

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall: London, 1843. Illustr (including four color plates) by John Leech, 6.5 x 4, finely bound in gilt-ruled gold crushed morocco; aeg, SIGNED BINDING BY BAYNTUN- RIVIERE,166 pp + ads. Covers with very light rubbing, hinges a little loose, pp toned with some minor finger soiling and spotting, with original worn and stained cloth covers (with perfect "D") bound in at rear. FIRST EDITION, WITH TITLE IN RED AND BLUE, AND "STAVE I" ON PAGE ONE, and the typographical errors mentioned in Smith: Heritage Bookshop bibliographical catalogue. Original end papers not included. Bookseller Inventory # 99-2454

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DICKENS, Charles.

Published by London: Chapman & Hall, 1843–8 (1843)

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Item Description: London: Chapman & Hall, 1843–8, 1843. 5 volumes, small octavo (159 × 99 mm). Bound by Bayntun in crushed red morocco, raised bands, titles and leaf tooling to compartments gilt, single gilt frames to boards, gilt edges, marbled endpapers and turn-ins richly gilt. Housed in a red cloth slipcase. A few light scuff marks to boards. Minor worm damage to head of rear joint of Cricket on the Heath. An excellent set. All volumes with the original cloth bound in at the end. Christmas Carol with the original green endpapers bound in at the end. Christmas Carol with hand-coloured frontispiece, 3 full-page hand-coloured plates, illustrations in the text; other titles with frontispiece, engraved title, and illustrations in the text. First editions of Dickens's famous sequence of annual Christmas books. First edition, first issue of A Christmas Carol, with the 1843 title page printed in blue and red, the title verso printed in blue, and the heading on page [1] in the first state, reading Stave I; The Battle of Life first edition, fourth issue as usual. Eckels pp. 110-25. Bookseller Inventory # 96577

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition Set, finely bound by Zaehnsdorf of London in full red morocco leather. All volumes bound in the high house style (likely early twentieth century), five band spines, all edges gilt, red silk endpapers, fine gilt inner dentels. This is a spectacular set, in which Zaehnsdorf has bound all of the books with the original cloth covers on laid paper at the rear of each volume. Leather is in wonderful condition, boards are fresh and flexible, not a single crack. All gilt title printing done with lug type (same machine, I think, as the Chelsea Bindery uses today), all gilt lettering nice and sharp (see closeups). These books have been well maintained for a very long time and have only minor wear. The spines are just a touch darker than the boards, and the gilt paper edges have minor use wear (still attractive). All five volumes have the Zaehnsdorf gilt signature at the bottom of the inside front board and a blindstamp on the back silk endpaper, which was the house mark for an exhibition quality binding. In other words, their best work. The other four titles are: The Chimes, The Haunted Man etc., The Battle of Life, The Cricket on the Hearth. In The Christmas Carol the green end papers are bound-in; 1st issue with "Stave I" printed on page [1]. Bookseller Inventory # 1407523

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Item Description: London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition. Small 8vo. (8), 166, (2) pp. Publisher's brown cloth, gilt lettered and decorated to the spine and upper board, yellow endpapers, recent red quarter morocco clamshell box. Wear to the spine extremities with slight loss to the cloth at the foot, small closed split to the cloth along the lower joint, though the binding is sound. Four colour plates including the frontispiece plus three illustrations in the text. Smith, II, 4. It is notoriously difficult to establish the precedence of the states and issues of this first edition, with no clear definition provided by the major Dickens bibliographers. This copy conforms with all of the points of the first issue cited by Smith, who gives no issue precedence as regards the colour of the title page or endpapers. According to his summation this is the first state of the first edition, first issue with Stave I as the first chapter heading, a red and blue printed title page dated 1843 and yellow endpapers. Furthermore, it complies with Todd's issue point regarding the interval between the blindstamped border and the gilt wreath on the upper board, a theory which Smith gives credence to. Nonetheless, other bibliographers such as Gimbel, contend that the first state of the book should present a red and green printed title page dated 1844 and have light green endpapers. Calhoun and Heaney provide a compelling explanation for this discrepancy by arguing that the green and red title pages were probably printed first, but were immediately set aside when Dickens insisted on the discarding of the green endpapers pre-publication. They speculate that as demand grew and stocks of the preferred title pages and endpapers ran low the original stock of green and red title pages and matching endpapers were bound up until they too were exhausted. With no absolute consensus it is impossible to make any categorical claims for any copy of the first edition, but this is certainly a very early issue. Bookseller Inventory # 22153

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DICKENS, Charles

Published by Philadephia Carey & Hart (1844)

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Item Description: Philadephia Carey & Hart, 1844. First American Edition of A Christmas Carol, In Publisher's Extra Gilt Gift Binding DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. Philadephia: Carey & Hart, 1844. First American Edition. Twelvemo in sixes. [8], 158 pp. Four hand-colored lithographed plates (including the frontispiece and the plates facing pp. 59, 75, and 143) and four hand-colored wood-engraved plates (facing pp. 36, 71, 113, and 157). Publisher's original gift binding by "J.C. Russell Binder" in dark brown vertically-ribbed cloth with front cover decoratively stamped in gilt, rear cover decoratively stamped in blind and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Original buff endpapers. Spine gilt lightly rubbed, headcap and tailcap chipped, rear outer hinge repaired. A very good of this scarce gift binding. Housed in a brown cloth clamshell case. The lithographed plates in this first American edition are after the hand-colored steel-engraved plates in the first English edition, and the wood engravings, which were intertextual and in black and white in the English edition, appear here as inserted hand-colored plates. Gimbel A80. HBS 67092. $10,000. Bookseller Inventory # 67092

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Item Description: London Chapman & Hall, 1843. First Edition of A Christmas Carol DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition, first issue: i.e., "Stave 1"; text entirely uncorrected; cream endpapers; blue half-title; red and blue title. Small octavo. [8], 166, [2, ads] pp. Four hand-colored steel-engraved plates by and after Leech and four wood-engraved text illustrations by W.J. Linton after Leech. Original cinnamon vertically-ribbed cloth. Covers decoratively stamped in blind, front cover and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. First issue cloth with unbroken 'D' within wreath and minimum 14mm gap between blind border and gilt cartouche. Previous owner's inscription and bookplate on front pastedown. Erased signature on top of front free endpaper. Some professional restoration to front outer hinge and at top of spine. Overall, a very good copy with the gold leaf still bright. Housed in a custom full red morocco clamshell, gilt stamped. An attractive copy of the first edition of Dickens' classic Christmas tale, with the excellent illustrations by Leech. According to Richard Gimbel in his 1958 work The Earliest State of the First Edition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Dickens was very involved with the production of the work, stipulating the number of illustrations, style of binding, endpapers and even the printing color for the title and half-title, which he wanted in seasonal green & red. Unfortunately the resultant production did not come out as he had hoped, the green being too drab, as a result of which the title and half-title were reprinted in blue & red and the printed date changed to 1844. Smith, Dickens, II, 4. Calhoun & Heaney, especially pp. 35, 48-49. Eckel, p. 118. Gimbel A80. HBS 67305. $10,000. Bookseller Inventory # 67305

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. First edition, first issue, with all of Smith's points and an unbroken signature letter c; indeterminate and very rare variant state with pink endpapers. Title-page printed in red and green with wood-engraved holly vignette, half-title printed in green, handcolored etched frontispiece and 3 handcolored etched plates after and by John Leech, 4 wood-engraved text illustrations after Leech by W. J. Linton, integral terminal leaf of publisher's ads ("Works of Mr. Charles Dickens"). 12mo. The First Issue, With Pink Endpapers. First edition, first issue, with all of Smith's points and an unbroken signature letter c; indeterminate and very rare variant state with pink endpapers. Smith, Dickens in the Original Cloth 2:4; Todd, "A Christmas Carol," in The Book Collector 10:449-54 Publisher's cinnamon-brown rib-grain cloth, covers blocked in blind with decorative holly and ivy border, front cover and spine gilt with author and title with a holly wreath, pink-coated endpapers, gilt edges (Todd's first impression, first issue of cover stamp); spine darkened, extremities a bit worn, inner hinges cracked, lightly shaken with two signatures sprung. Half brown calf slipcase, chemise Title-page printed in red and green with wood-engraved holly vignette, half-title printed in green, handcolored etched frontispiece and 3 handcolored etched plates after and by John Leech, 4 wood-engraved text illustrations after Leech by W. J. Linton, integral terminal leaf of publisher's ads ("Works of Mr. Charles Dickens"). 12mo First edition, first issue, with all of Smith's points and an unbroken signature letter c; indeterminate and very rare variant state with pink endpapers. Bookseller Inventory # 100521

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Item Description: London v.d. London v.d. Illus, 6.5x4.5", gilt dec red cloth, a.e.g. Includes: A CHRISTMAS CAROL. 1843. Covers quite worn, cocked, inner hinges cracked, scattered foxing and staining, "Scrooge's third visitor" plate (edge frayed) inserted facing p130 (instead of p78) else good. FIRST EDITION, 2nd Issue (with "Stave One", red and blue title page, yellow end papers); b) THE CHIMES. 1845. Covers worn and soiled, very scattered staining else good. FIRST EDITION, 2nd state of vignette title page ("Chapman & Hall" outside illus); c) THE CRICKET ON THE EARTH. 1846. Covers worn and soiled, back cover badly ink stained, contents browned with one tiny hole on pp149-150. FIRST EDITION, with 2nd state ad in back (3 lines in italics): d) THE BATTLE OF LIFE. 1846. Covers worn and stained, rear inner hinge cracked, rear end paper with chipped corner and erasures, contents foxed. FIRST EDITION with vignette title page Todd E1, Eckel 4th issue; e) THE HAUNTED MAN. 1848. Covers worn, extremities bumped and frayed, tear in spine cover, front cover loose, overall wear else good with bright covers. FIRST EDITION. A rare treat, all five Christmas books together! And such early issues as well. A scarce find. A similar set recently (Nov. 2004) sold at auction for $14,000!. Bookseller Inventory # 95-3074

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Charles Dickens

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Item Description: Philadelphia, Carey & Hart, 1844. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Charles Dickens; 1844; First American Edition, First Issue; Philadelphia, Carey & Hart; Illustrated by John Leech; 158 Pages; w4.3"xh6.6"; Original Cloth; Custom Made Green Cloth Case; EXTREMELY RARE!!! Great For any Fan of the Famous Author/Classic. Perfect Xmas Gift; Only 3 or 4 Copies Available Worldwide!!! ATTRIBUTES: A Brilliant, sleek Original dark brown/purple ribbed cloth cover design with pretty floral stamped boards, with lovely gold labeling/flowers to binding, half title in blue, with a brilliant hand colored frontispiece and title page in red/blue, with three other Excellent hand colored plates and four wonderful b/w illustrations, and a Legendary Classic from the Famed Author; First Issue with "Stave I" instead of "Chapter I"; With a nice green cloth folding case with red morocco leather spine label and gold labeling!!! SUMMARY: A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens, first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. It tells the story of bitter old miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from supernatural visits by Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. Dickens divides the book into five chapters, which he labels "staves", that is, song stanzas or verses, in keeping with the title of the book. The tale begins on a "cold, bleak, biting" Christmas Eve exactly seven years after the death of Scrooge's business partner Jacob Marley. Scrooge, an old miser, is established within the first stave as "a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!" He hates Christmas, calling it "humbug"; he refuses his nephew Fred's Christmas dinner invitation, and rudely turns away two gentlemen who seek a donation from him to provide a Christmas dinner for the poor. His only "Christmas gift" is allowing his overworked, underpaid clerk Bob Cratchit Christmas Day off with pay – which he does only to keep with social custom, Scrooge considering it "a poor excuse for picking a man's pocket every 25th of December!" BACKGROUND: Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period.During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular. Dickens began writing his "little carol" in October, 1843 finishing it by the end of November in time to be published for Christmas with illustrations by John Leech. Feuding with his publishers, Dickens financed the publishing of the book himself, ordering lavish binding, gilt edging, and hand-colored illustrations and then setting the price at 5 shillings so that everyone could afford it. This combination resulted in disappointingly low profits despite high sales. In the first few days of its release the book sold six thousand copies and its popularity continued to grow. The first and best of his Christmas Books, A Christmas Carol has become a Christmas tradition and easily Dickens' best known book. CONDITION: Condition is Very Good. Some wear to edges, bumped front corners/lesser to back corners, some lightening/browning near edges of boards, little wear to top/bottom cloth, May 28th 1871 inscription Ms. or Mr. Eliot Hubbard with love of Uncle Waldo to first end page, some light blemishing in beginning, and margins here and there, pgs. 14/15 are a little heavier, but majority are very good, hinges/text block are very good for 170 years old!!!. Bookseller Inventory # 000002

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Item Description: Dana Estes & Company., Boston. Octavo, 48 volumes. Three quarters leather, top edge gilt. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine. With a signed postcard addressed and signed by Charles Dickens. Hand colored frontispiece to each volume. Limited to one thousand copies. A beautiful set. Dickens is generally considered the greatest writer of the Victorian period. His works are characterized by attacks on social evils, injustice, and hypocrisy. Bookseller Inventory # 3203

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. hardcover. Book Condition: very good(+). First. Second issue, with red & blue title page, & Stave One at the beginning of the text. The binding has been professionally re-cased, the two front corners are rounded, and there is an early ownership signature & book label. A very attractive copy. Frontispiece & 3 plates. by John Leech all hand colored as issued; 4 woodcut text illustrations. 2pp.of undated ads at end. 166pp., small slim 8vo, light brown vertically ribbed cloth, stamped in blind with single line & decorative border; gilt wreath surrounding the title; spine with gilt lettering & ornaments, yellow end-papers, gilt edges. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 238124

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