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DICKENS A CHRISTMAS CAROL 1st Edition: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Published by Chapman & Hall (1843)

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About this Item: Chapman & Hall, 1843. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Rare true first printing of "A Christmas Carol. Being A Ghost Story of Christmas" by Charles Dickens. London: Chapman & Hall 1843. (Blue and Red title page, blue half title, "Stave I"). Bound in a fine signed Riviere binding with inner gilt. Four color plates + four woodcuts all by John Leech. The entirety in incredibly fine clean condition. Own the Finest. Seller Inventory # ABE-1514951902620

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The Christmas Carol, and the 4 other: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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About this Item: Chapman & Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First editions of all five Christmas books in extraordinary condition, featuring a near fine and unrestored copy of the true first issue of The Christmas Carol, with "Stave I" on p. [1] and with the text entirely uncorrected. With all known first 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. According to the most recent exhaustive study (Todd's, analyzing the front cover), this copy is of the earliest state of the first issue. Near fine condition, and rare as such. Other books also in near fine or fine condition. Cricket has second state of ad leaf in rear, and Battle of Life has the 4th state of the title page. Housed in a custom-made collector's case. Seller Inventory # 1701004

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A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being A: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

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

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About this Item: London: Chapman & Hall, 1843, 1843. Octavo. Original light reddish-brown vertical fine-ribbed cloth, spine and front cover decorated and lettered gilt, sides stamped in blind, green endpapers, gilt edges. Housed in a red cloth chemise and red quarter morocco slipcase. Bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Front hinge starting, rear hinge cracked but holding, text block sound, couple of marks to rear free endpaper. An excellent copy in bright cloth, in unusually nice condition,with uncommonly well-preserved spine panel. Hand-coloured etched frontispiece and 3 steel-engraved plates after Leech, wood-engravings within the text by W. J. Linton after Leech; title page printed in blue & red. First edition, first impression, first issue, with "Stave I" on the first page of text and green endpapers, and all the first edition textual points. The hand-coloured green endpapers, Dickens's original choice for his lavish gift book, proved a disappointment. The colour tended to dust off and smudge, so the endpapers were changed to yellow, not requiring hand work. Probably in the middle of binding, as demand grew faster than the current endpaper stock, it was decided to use up the green paper, and thereafter it was used indiscriminately with yellow, but discarded again when the initial supply of green became exhausted. Primary copies therefore occur with either green or yellow endpapers, some collectors preferring green as the author's original prepublication choice. Eckel pp. 110–15; Smith II, 4; Todd, The Book Collector, 1961, pp. 449–54. Seller Inventory # 122830

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A Christmas carol: DICKENS, Charles

DICKENS, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (1843)

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About this Item: Chapman & Hall, London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Four inserted hand-colored steel-engraved plates by and after Leech and four black and white text wood-engravings by W.J. Linton after Leech.Full green morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with intricate gilt stamping on front and back including the letter "E" and 1908 in the top corners and "Xmas 1908" in the bottom corners, all in gilt, spine in compartments with gilt lettering and ornaments, all edges gilt; title page printed in red and blue, and half title printed in blue. Tipped in is a leaf of thick paper with an elaborate multi-colored and gold pen and ink illustration of a London street scene with the words, "To Edmund From" and dated Christmas, 1908. The street is in Central London and shows numerous shops, including the bookstore of the well-known London bookseller Walter Spencer. It is quite probable that the illustration was done by Alberto Sangorski, the brother of Francis (who founded the bindery) and a well-known illustrator. The fly-leaf is signed by Francis Sangorski, George Sutcliffe, and Spencer (fl. 1860-1880), who was friends with Dickens. The original brown publisher's cloth binding is bound in on 3 separate leaves (front, back and spine). A unique, exquisite copy. First edition, first issue, with all first issue points (half-title printed in blue, title printed in blue and red with the 1843 date thereon, "Steve I" on page 1 with the uncorrected text). One of Dickens' most acclaimed works, capturing of the zeitgeist of the Victorian-era revival of the celebration of the holiday. It describes the evolution of businessman Ebenezer Scrooge from arrogant, stubborn miser to warm-hearted, kind holiday celebrant, following his meeting with the now famed characters of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Published on 19 December, the first edition sold out by Christmas Eve, 1843.Given the illustration and binding, it is likely that the book was specially bound for someone who was both a client of the bindery as well as the bookseller Walter Spencer. Sangorski and Sutcliffe made "Christmas bindings" as gifts for good customers over the years, but this example is clearly not one of their usual holiday offerings, as none of those were ever signed. It is possible (though not at all proven) that the Edmund to whom the book and the binding was given was Edmund Dulac, who was indeed a customer of both the bindery and the bookseller at the time (1908) and who was living in Central London.Dickens (1812-1870), known for his many other notable works, including Oliver Twist and David Copperfield, penned A christmas carol during England's revived exploration of yuletide traditions and the newly emerging ones, taking inspiration from tales written by Washington Irving and Douglas Jerrold. Deeply in debt, Dickens began this novel in the 1840s in order to supplement his family's deficient income. This work resulted in acknowledging Dickens as a lasting influence on the modern Western observance of Christmas, including the festive generosity of spirit experienced during the holiday season. Seller Inventory # 16149

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A Christmas Carol In Prose. Being a: Dickens, Charles; Leech,

Dickens, Charles; Leech, John (illustrator)

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (1844)

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About this Item: Chapman & Hall, London, 1844. First edition, in the first impression, first issue binding, of Dickens's Christmas classic. Written in a mere six weeks at a low point in Dickens's career, and published at his own expense,A Christmas Carolrevived Dickens's fortunes, establishing a robust market for Christmas gift books that survives to this day. The characters of Scrooge and Marley, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, are immediately recognizable even to those who've never read a word of Dickens: "'God bless us every one!' said Tiny Tim, the last of all. He sat very close to his father's side, upon his little stool. Bob held his withered little hand in his, as if he loved the child, and wished to keep him by his side, and dreaded that he might be taken from him." One of Dickens' favorite artists, John Leech would produce the illustrations for all his Christmas books. This copy matches Walter E. Smith's fourth state (formerly called "trial issue"), with red and green title page dated 1844 and yellow endpapers, the rarest of the four variants (Charles Dickens in Cloth, Part Two, 25-6). Smith notes the inaccuracy of the term "trial issue," as copies with the green and red title page were available on the open market. The binding of this copy matches that of the first impression, first issue binding as described by William B. Todd ("Dickens's Christmas Carol,"The Book Collector, 1961). This copy appears to be an unrecorded variant: Todd does not note copies of this binding with both the green and red title page and the yellow endpapers but, according to Smith, "the priority of green endpapers with this title page is deduced as a matter of logical sequence rather than from any substantial direct evidence. It is not improbable that at some stage in the binding, the use of yellow and green end[papers] overlapped to some extent." Following all points of the first edition according to Calhoun and Heaney with the text uncorrected, including "Stave I" on page [1]. Smith II:4. A near-fine, unusually bright copy of the first edition in a rare variant. Octavo, original full brown cloth with leaf border stamped in blind to boards and central wreath design with title stamped in gilt on front board, spine stamped in gilt, yellow endpapers, all edges gilt. Half title printed in green, title page printed in red and green, copyright page printed in green. Hand-colored frontispiece, three full-page hand-colored plates, and four black-and-white tailpiece vignettes by John Leech. Two pages of advertisements at rear. Gift inscription, dated Christmas 1843, on verso of front fly leaf. Hand-colored bookplate of Mitchell S. Buck tipped onto front pastedown, bookplate of Bob Stillwell to pastedown of chemise. Expert repair to hinges, hint of wear to spine head. Housed in a custom half red morocco slipcase and chemise. Seller Inventory # 1001884

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The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol; The: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

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

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About this Item: 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"(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.". Seller Inventory # 4330

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A Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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About this Item: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # ABE-13175143843

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The CHRISTMAS BOOKS. Set of 5 First: Dickens, Charles [1812

Dickens, Charles [1812 - 1870]

Published by London (1848)

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About this Item: London, 1848. 5 volumes. Illustrations by various hands including Leech, Doyle, Maclise, Tenniel, etc. Sm 8vo. A nice set for the Dickens collector. According to Eckel, 6000 cc of the CAROL 1st edition were printed, which sold quite quickly. So while not necessarily a scarce book, demand for this popular title is such that one can be assured of its continued appreciation. CAROL - VG+ (bright cover gilt/slight cock/minor extremity wear/clipped Dickens signature affixed to top of t.p./engraving of Dickens affixed opposite p. 1). CHIMES - VG+ to Nr Fine (bright gilt/bookplate). CRICKET: Nr Fine (bookseller ticket [Grant & Griffith / London] to front paste-down). BATTLE: VG+ (bright gilt/unobtrusive 1cm split at bottom of front joint/hinge paper starting). HAUNTED MAN: VG+ - Nr Fine (very slight lean). The 5 volumes in their original cloth binding [Carol is Cinnamon, the remainder are Red]. Gilt stamping (Perfect "D", 13 mm). AEG. All volumes housed in a dark tan quarter leather clamshell case with light brown cloth boards 1st edition (' Carol' is 1st issue, 2nd state with 'Stave I', green eps & red/blue t.p. 'Chimes' - 2nd state. 'Cricket' - 2nd state advert leaf. 'Battle of Life' - 4th state of engraved title page). Cf. Eckel, pp. 110 - 125; Smith II, pp. 16-43, 59-70. Seller Inventory # 10017.2

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A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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About this Item: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # ABE-11874319336

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A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being A: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

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

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About this Item: London: Chapman & Hall, 1843, 1843. Octavo. Original light reddish-brown vertical fine-ribbed cloth, spine and front cover decorated and lettered gilt, sides stamped in blind, green endpapers, gilt edges. Housed in a red cloth chemise and red quarter morocco solander box. Binding rolled and a little dulled, a few nicks to extremities of spine. A very good copy. Hand-coloured etched frontispiece and 3 steel-engraved plates after Leech, wood-engravings within the text by W. J. Linton after Leech; title page printed in blue & red. First edition, first impression, first issue, with "Stave I" on the first page of text and green endpapers, all the first edition textual points. The binding differs from Todd's ordering in that the closest interval between blind-stamping left margin and left extremity of gilt wreath is 15 mm but the "D" of "Dickens" within the gilt wreath has the upper serif broken off. The hand-coloured green endpapers, Dickens's original choice for his lavish gift book, proved a disappointment. The colour tended to dust off and smudge, so the endpapers were changed to yellow, not requiring hand work. Probably in the middle of binding, as demand grew faster than the current endpaper stock, it was decided to use up the green paper, and thereafter it was used indiscriminately with yellow, but discarded again when the initial supply of green became exhausted. Primary copies therefore occur with either green or yellow endpapers, some collectors preferring green as the author's original prepublication choice. Eckel pp. 110–15; Smith II, 4; Todd, The Book Collector, 1961, pp. 449-54. Seller Inventory # 122243

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The Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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About this Item: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # 1504703

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The Works of Charles Dickens (Including: Bleak: Dickens, Charles
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About this Item: Chapman & Hall 1906-1908, London, 1906. Octavo, 40 volumes. Full red morocco bound by Bayntun, with gilt titles and elaborate tooling, blue inlay to the inner and rear panels. 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 exceptional complete set in near fine condition. Charles 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). Seller Inventory # 3507

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A Christmas Carol [With:] The Chimes. [And:]: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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About this Item: Chapman and Hall, London, 1848. First editions. A Christmas Carol. London: Chapman and Hall, 1843. First issue: i.e., "Stave I"; text entirely uncorrected; blue half-title and red and blue title. Small octavo (6 1/2 x 4 inches; 165 x 105 mm). [viii], [1]2-166, [2, publisher's advertisements] pp. Four inserted hand-colored steel-engraved plates by and after Leech and four black and white text wood-engravings by W.J. Linton after Leech. Original green-coated endpapers.Original cinnamon vertically-ribbed cloth. Covers decoratively stamped in blind, front cover and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. A solid, Very Good+ copy with the front hinge starting, but firm, minor wear the spine ends and corners and the green endpapers a bit rubbed, as usual. Overall a very nice copy and completely unrestored.[Together with:]The Chimes. A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In. London: Chapman and Hall, 1845 [i.e., December 1844]. First edition, first state. A Near Fine copy with the rear hinge starting and very light wear at the extremities, but completely unrestored.The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home. London: Printed and Published for the Author, by Bradbury and Evans, 1846 [i.e., December 1845]. First edition, first state. A Near Fine copy with a touch of wear at the spine ends, but generally in excellent condition and unrestored.The Battle of Life. A Love Story. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First edition, second state. A Very Good copy with splits in the cloth at the top and bottom of the spine, wear at the corners and soiling to the cloth. Internal contents are quite attractive and again, no restoration. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition. A Near Fine copy with just minor wear at the spine ends. Internal contents are in excellent condition and no restoration.Each book with the armorial bookplate of Albany Hawke Charlesworth on the front paste-down. All five titles housed together in quarter morocco open-end case. Case formed in the shape of the five spines. Gimbel. Hatton and Cleaver. Smith, Dickens. Seller Inventory # 1652

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A Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall (1843)

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About this Item: Chapman & Hall, 1843. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing with "Stave 1" printed on page 1. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL brown cloth and has the First Issue points "title page printed in blue and red dated 1843 in Roman numerals, "green endpapers" "perfect "D" in "Dickens" in the front cover wreath". This copy has been expertly re-backed and comes with a custom slip case. Seller Inventory # T-101-MD-X

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DICKENS, CHARLES

Published by CHAPMAN & HALL, LONDON (1843)

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

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (1843)

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About this Item: Chapman & Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition. A superlative copy of the First Edition, second issue with "Stave One" as the first chapter heading, and balance of text uncorrected. The book is a first binding with the closest interval between blind decorative border on the left. The left extremity of the gilt cartouche measures 14-15 mm and the "D" of Dickens unbroken. The book is in amazing shape and is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's brown cloth. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. A magnificent unrestored copy. Seller Inventory # ABE-1480734517620

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A Christmas Carol in Prose: Being A: DICKENS, Charles

DICKENS, Charles

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About this Item: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. hardcover. Condition: very good. First. Frontispiece & 3 plates by John Leech, all hand colored as issued; 4 woodcut text illustrations. 2 pages of undated ads at end. 166 pages. 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. Frontispiece & 3 plates by John Leech, all hand colored as issued; 4 woodcut text illustrations. 2 pages of undated ads at end. 166 pages. 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. 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. Seller Inventory # 261870

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About this Item: London: Chapman & Hall, MDCCCXLIII (1843); London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846; London: Bradbury & Evans, MDCCCXLVI (1846); London: Chapman & Hall, MDCCCXLV (1845); London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. 5 vols., 8vo, see below for the discussion of states and pagination. All volumes in full dark green morocco extra, covers with gilt holly sprigs at corners, backstrips faded to rich brown, lettered and stamped in gilt, gilt edges: each book in very good condition. A Christmas Carol with its original light-brown and vertically ribbed cloth covers and green end-papers bound in at the end. The rest of the Christmas Books are uniformly bound in matching morocco, vertically ribbed red cloth covers bound in at the end, all edges gilt. Each volume has the bookplate of Henry Sloane Coffin, by descent to a private collector in San Francisco. A lovely set perfect for reading or handling without fear of damage. First editions of all five of Dickens's Christmas books. With engravings by D. Maclise, R. Doyle, C. Stanfield, J. Leech, J. Tenniel, and F. Stone, Thompson, G. Dalziel, E. Dalziel, T. Williams, Swain, and Groves. A Christmas Carol is the high point and the crucial component in any set of Dickens's Christmas Books. Dickens kept its production on a short leash and anecdotes abound about his pleasure or displeasure with the differently colored endpapers, the color of the cloth for the binding, the typography and so forth. Oddly enough, despite Dickens' personal attention to this edition, it is not a particularly well-made title. Coupled with the legions of fans who often read their copies "to death," it comes as no surprise that original and well-preserved copies of this book, in its correct state, seldom appear on the market. The Chimes, written in Genoa, Italy, was commercially more successful than A Christmas Carol and Dickens worked hard to make this second Christmas book a worthy successor. The Cricket. grew from the idea to begin a weekly periodical which would have been called "The Cricket," though was abandoned quickly for a more important venture and the founding of The Daily News. The Cricket was wildly successful, doubling in circulation of both its predecessors. Dickens wrote The Battle of Life during a period of recuperation needed after illness attributed to overworking; despite being seriously indisposed he managed to complete the work, while working on Dombey and Son, though it was not as successful as his other Christmas books thus far. The Haunted Man. was the last of the Christmas books, and despite requiring a final rally from the author to avoid disappointing the public, the book is considered the least interesting and lowest grossing of the Christmas books; the issue of 20,000 had not completely sold when the author died. All books are in their most desirable states, as follows:A Christmas Carol.: [i-viii], [1]-166, [2, ads] pp. First edition, first issue. Green endpapers; "Stave I" on pp. 1; uncorrected text throughout; red-and-blue printed title page, with four color etchings and four woodcuts, full-page color etchings. The Chimes.: [i-viii], [1]-175, [1, imprint; 1, advert.] pp. First edition, first issue. The name of the publishers is a part of the the vignette title page as per the first issue. 11 woodcuts in text and steel engraved frontis and titlepage.The Cricket on the Hearth.: [i-viii], [1]-174, [lacks 2pp. ads] pp. First edition, first issue. With steel engraved frontis and titlepage, and 12 woodcuts in text. The Battle of Life.: [i-viii], [1-3], 4-175, [3, imprint and ads]. First edition, second of four states of the engraved title. Terminal ads announce the publication in parts of Dombey and Son, and the bound volume of Oliver Twist. In addition to the engraved frontis and titlepage there are 11 woodcuts in the text. The Haunted Man and the Ghosts Bargain.: [i-viii], [1]-188 pp., with engraved frontis and title page, and 15 woodcuts in the text. Smith II 4, 5, 6, 8, 9. Eckel 116-134. Seller Inventory # 109280

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The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol, The: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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About this Item: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings of ALL five Christmas books. The most valuable book, the "Christmas Carol" has the following First Issue points, green and red title page, "Stave 1" later changed to stave one and bound in the publisher's original brown cloth. The other four books are bound in the publisher's red cloth. All the book have tight bindings, with minor wear and some preservation. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the books. Overall, a lovely set housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. Seller Inventory # ABE-17367199929

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The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol; The: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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

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About this Item: 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 Christmas books followed its success. 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). 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.". Seller Inventory # 3895

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Dickens, Charles 1812-1870

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

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About this Item: Chapman & Hall, 186, Strand., London, 1843. First Edition. 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. Size: 16.9cm. [8]166[2adv]p. Seller Inventory # 003597

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A Christmas Carol (In Prose. Being a: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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About this Item: Chapman & Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # ABE-13175069904

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Dickens, Charles

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About this Item: CHAPMAN AND HALL, 1843. Hard Cover. Condition: VERY GOOD. FIRST. First editions of all five of Charles Dickens' Christmas Books. Octavo, original cloth,First issue: i.e., "Stave I"; text entirely uncorrected; blue half-title and red and blue title. All books unrestored. All five titles housed in. Case formed in the shape of the five spines. A CLASSIC OF CHRISTMAS LITERATURE. Seller Inventory # HUG 1014

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THE CHRISTMAS BOOKS: A CHRISTMAS CAROL; THE: DICKENS, CHARLES

DICKENS, CHARLES

Published by Chapman and Hall (first three); Bradbury & Evans (last two) 1844; 1845; 1846; 1848; 1848, London (1844)

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About this Item: Chapman and Hall (first three); Bradbury & Evans (last two) 1844; 1845; 1846; 1848; 1848, London, 1844. 170 x 107 mm. (6 1/8 x 4 1/4"). Five separately published works in five volumes. Early Editions (see below; "Haunted Man" in FIRST EDITION, "Battle of Life" in FIRST EDITION, Fourth Issue, as typical). Uniformly and attractively bound by Root & Son in later red half calf and marbled boards, raised bands, compartments with gilt holly tools or gilt lettering, all edges gilt. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase. An aggregate total of 53 woodcut illustrations in the texts, four engraved vignette title pages (the one in "Haunted" tinted), and eight engraved plates (the four in "Carol" nicely hand-colored), the illustrations by John Tenniel, John Leech, D. Maclise, and others. Eckel 110-25; Smith II, 4-6, 8-9. Spines uniformly a shade darker than calf on covers, very small spots of discoloration to free endpapers from binder's glue, faint offsetting from some plates, otherwise AN ESPECIALLY FINE SET, internally immaculate, and in unworn bindings. The five Christmas books--if possible in fine bindings like those seen here--would give special pleasure to every Dickens devotee, and, in fact, for every reader who appreciates English literature or who wants to understand Victorian taste. "A Christmas Carol," the immortal story of how ghostly visitations finally inject the miserly Scrooge with the Christmas spirit, is called by Eckels "the greatest Christmas book from the pen of any man . . . . Artistically it was a pronounced success, and from a literary aspect, it has delighted millions of readers." The work is not only finely written, but its sentiments had great appeal for Victorian taste. As a result of the warm reception of "A Christmas Carol," Dickens launched a series of four further Christmas books. "The Chimes" and "The Cricket" were also well received, and Dickens' audience never lost its appetite for the beloved yuletide tales, in which good triumphs over evil in the spirit of the season. "A Christmas Carol" appears here in the seventh edition (published within a few months of the first); "The Chimes" in the sixth edition (published the same year as the first); "The Cricket" in the 17th edition (published the same year as the first); "The Battle" in the first edition, fourth issue (as are most copies), and "The Haunted Man" in the first edition. The five Christmas books--if possible in fine bindings like those seen here--would give special pleasure to every Dickens devotee, and, in fact, for every reader who appreciates English literature or who wants to understand Victorian taste. "A Christmas Carol," the immortal story of how ghostly visitations finally inject the miserly Scrooge with the Christmas spirit, is called by Eckels "the greatest Christmas book from the pen of any man . . . . Artistically it was a pronounced success, and from a literary aspect, it has delighted millions of readers." The work is not only finely written, but its sentiments had great appeal for Victorian taste. As a result of the warm reception of "A Christmas Carol," Dickens launched a series of four further Christmas books. "The Chimes" and "The Cricket" were also well received, and Dickens' audience never lost its appetite for the beloved yuletide tales, in which good triumphs over evil in the spirit of the season. "A Christmas Carol" appears here in the seventh edition (published within a few months of the first); "The Chimes" in the sixth edition (published the same year as the first); "The Cricket" in the 17th edition (published the same year as the first); "The Battle" in the first edition, fourth issue (as are most copies), and "The Haunted Man" in the first edition. Early Editions (see below; "Haunted Man" in FIRST EDITION, "Battle of Life" in FIRST EDITION, Fourth Issue, as typical). Seller Inventory # CFB1704

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Dickens, Charles.

Published by Chapman & Hall: London (1843)

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About this Item: 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. Seller Inventory # 99-2454

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Dickens, Charles

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About this Item: Chapman and Hall, Pub, 1843. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Chapman and Hall, Pub., London; 1843; 1st edition, 1st issue; all points present; fine condition; with Illustrations by John Leech; rebound in red Moroccan, with gilt lettering and designs; 5 raised bands, with title at second panel, and author's last at fourth panel; Charles Dickens; Fine Bindings. Seller Inventory # 3873

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Dickens, Charles.

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About this Item: 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!. Seller Inventory # 95-3074

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DICKENS, Charles.

Published by Lippincott (1915)

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About this Item: Lippincott, 1915. Hardcover. Condition: Acceptable. Green boards with blue lettering - no dust jacket. Age toning to end papers. Binding is beginning to crack in interior of book. Edgewear to spine caps and light chipping on back board. Covers may have heavy shelfwear and edgewear. Pages may include highlighting, writing and other markings. 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Ships quickly. Thanks for looking!!. Seller Inventory # mon0000162321

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A Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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About this Item: Chapman & Hall, 1843. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition, mixed/second issue with "Stave One" on p. 1. Yellow endpapers, perfect D in Dickens on front cover, title page in red and blue. Book in very good condition, previous owner's name and address on front free endpaper, small owner's purple stamp on front and rear paste-down, small bookstore sticker at bottom of front paste-down, book slightly cock-shelved, page edges gilted. Comes in custom-made slipcase. Seller Inventory # 1712015

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A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a: DICKENS, Charles

DICKENS, Charles

Published by London: Chapman & Hall (1843)

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About this Item: 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. Four colour plates including the frontispiece plus three illustrations in the text. 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. 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. Seller Inventory # 22153

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