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A Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

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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A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Dickens, Charles

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

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

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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A Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

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

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

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 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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The Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

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

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. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 261870

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All Five Christmas Books: A CHRISTMAS CAROL;: Dickens, Charles
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Item Description: 1843. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843; C&H 1845[1844]; Bradbury & Evans 1846[1845]; B&E 1846; B&E 1848. [Together, five volumes.] Original red cloth (rose-brown cloth for the first title) decorated in gilt, all page edges gilt. First Editions of all five of Charles Dickens's Christmas books -- four of them issued in consecutive Decembers (the second and third post-dated), and the fifth two years later.~A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a copy of the first issue, with the "Stave I" chapter heading and with all 38 of the other first-issue points enumerated by Smith. The title page is in blue and red, and the endpapers are chalky green. Condition is bright and near-fine (binding a little askew, a tiny trace of wear at the spine ends, but otherwise remarkably free of wear or soil, gilt bright, the original endpapers firm and uncracked).~THE CHIMES has the vignette title page in the first and less-common state, with "Chapman & Hall" printed within the vignette itself. Condition is unusually bright, fine except for slightly cracked endpapers.~THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH has the ad leaf in the second state, beginning "New Edition of Oliver Twist.". As with the preceding volume, it is a bright copy, fine except for some cracking of the endpapers.~THE BATTLE OF LIFE has the vignette title page in the second state of four, without an angel holding the banner (about 90% of copies are in the fourth state, and the first and third are almost unheard-of). It is a fine, bright copy.~THE HAUNTED MAN is the only one of the five not to have issue points. It too is a bright copy, fine except for very slight darkening of the spine and the presence of a large generic bookplate.~The strength of the group is in their condition. The five books are housed in a morocco-backed slipcase, each in a separate chemise. Smith II, 4-5-6-8-9. Provenance: most of the volumes bear the small leather bookplate of Herbert L. Carlebach (1890-?), who donated some of his library to Harvard. Bookseller Inventory # 13368

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DICKENS, Charles

Published by London Chapman & Hall (1843)

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Item Description: London Chapman & Hall, 1843. A Complete Set of Dickens’ Christmas Books in Original Cloth 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 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. With two pages of publisher's advertisements. 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. Inner front hinge starting, but firm. Binding very slightly skewed. Spine very slightly darkened. Green endpapers are a bit rubbed as usual. Previous owner's armorial bookplate on front pastedown. Cloth slightly rubbed at corners, and a bit bubbled on front board. Overall very good, and better than usual copy. [Together with:] DICKENS, Charles. 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. Small octavo (6 1/2 x 4 inches; 165 x 105 mm). [vi], [1]2-175, [1, colophon] pp. First state additional engraved title and frontispiece after Daniel Maclise, by F.P. Becker. Eleven in-text black and white illustrations after Doyle, Leech, and Stanfield. Original deep red, vertically ribbed cloth binding. Covers decoratively stamped in blind, front cover and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. Pale yellow endpapers. Previous owner's armorial bookplate on front pastedown. Minor wear to spine extremities. Binding slightly skewed. Back hinge cracked but holding. Very good. [With:] DICKENS, Charles. 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. Small octavo (6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches; 166 x 105 mm). [viii], [1]2-174, [2 publisher's advertisements] pp. Engraved title and frontispiece after Daniel Maclise, by G. Dalziel. Twelve in-text black and white illustrations by various artists chiefly after John Leech. With the first state of the final leaf of publisher's advertisements for the new edition of Oliver Twist. Original vertically-ribbed red cloth, covers blocked in blind, front cover and spine lettered and pictorially stamped in gilt, pale yellow endpapers, all edges gilt. Spine very slightly darkened. Some very minor rubbing to edges and corners. Minor wear to spine extremities. Previous owner's armorial bookplate on front pastedown. Overall very good. [With:] DICKENS, Charles. The Battle of Life. A Love Story. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First edition. Small octavo (6 1/2 x 4 inches; 165 x 105 mm). [viii], [1]-175, [1, colophon], [2, publisher's advertisements] pp. With second state engraved title and frontispiece after Maclise by Thompson. Eleven in-text black and white illustrations after Maclise, Doyle, Stanfield and Leech. Final leaf of publisher's advertisements for Dombey and Son. Original horizontally-ribbed red cloth, covers blocked in blind, front cover and spine lettered and pictorially stamped in gilt, pale yellow endpapers, all edges gilt. Spine very slightly darkened. Some rubbing to edges, corners and along spine. Some wear to spine extremities. Binding slightly skewed. Previous owner's armorial bookplate on front pastedown. Overall very good. [And:] DICKENS, Charles. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition. Small octavo (6 1/2 x 4 inches; 165 x 105 mm). [8], [1]2-188 pp. With leaf of publisher's advertisements for "Works by Mr. Dickens" bound at the front. Additional pictorial frontispiece and title after Tenniel by Marti. Bookseller Inventory # 67700

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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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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). 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 # 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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The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol, The: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book 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. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-17367199929

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

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

DICKENS, Charles

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Item Description: London Chapman & Hall, 1843. First Edition, First Issue, of Dickens’s "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 I"; text entirely uncorrected; 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, mint green endpapers. Binding matches Todd’s first impression, first issue, with the smallest interval between blindstamped border and gilt wreath equal to 14 mm., and with the upper serif of the "D" in "Dickens" unbroken. Cloth bumped on top and bottom of spine, top of spine with two small closed tears. Chemised and housed in a quarter red morocco slipcase with gilt spine lettering. Overall, an excellent, unrestored copy of this beloved tale. Smith II, 4. HBS 67587. $14,500. Bookseller Inventory # 67587

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Dickens, Charles.

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall,, London:, 1843. First edition, First issue. Dicken's classic tale, which met with instant success and critical acclaim, forever sealing the characters of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Jacob Marley into the memories of every generation since it's first publication in 1843. This is the first edition and first issue, i.e., "Stave I"; with text entirely uncorrected; half title printed in blue; title page printed in red and blue. In the original brown gilt stamped vertically ribbed cloth. Front cover and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, green chalky colored endpapers. The binding conforms to Todd’s first impression, first issue, when he calls for. the smallest interval between blindstamped border and gilt wreath equal to 14 mm., and with the upper serif of the "D" in "Dickens" unbroken. Cloth lightly chipped at top and bottom of spine. Early owner signature, W. B. Mack N 1843" at front pastedown, with possibly his small drip of ink at front cover above the wreath.Small 8vo, [8], 166pp, advertisements [2]. Four hand colored steel engraved plates by and after Leech and four wood engraved text illustrations by W.J. Linton after Leech. Chemised and housed in a handsome quarter green morocco solander box with gilt spine lettering on red title piece and reddish marbled paper boards. Overall, a very good, untampered copy of this classic tale. Smith II, 4. HBS 67587, Eckel p117. Bookseller Inventory # 22079

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A Christmas Carol. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.: RACKHAM, Arthur.) DICKENS,

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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Dickens Charles

Published by London Bradbury and Evans and Chapman and Hall 1843, '45, '46, '46, '48 (1843)

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Item Description: London Bradbury and Evans and Chapman and Hall 1843, '45, '46, '46, '48, 1843. Together 5 volumes. First edition of each work, Christmas Carol is first issue. Numerous illustrations within the five volumes by John Leech, Clarkson Stanfield, John Tenniel, Richard Doyle, Edwin Landseer, Daniel Maclise and Frank Stone. CHRISTMAS CAROL includes the four hand-coloured plates etched by John Leech. Small 8vos, in handsome uniform full burgundy calf, the boards with gilt rule border, the spines with raised bands double ruled in gilt, 4 compartments with central gilt tool,two with green morocco labels gilt lettered, marbled endpapers and e.a.g. Each book with the gilt decorated original cloth from the upper board bound in, 'Chimes', 'Cricket' and "Christmas Carol" also with the gilt decorated cloth from the original spines bound in. All five books housed together in a red cloth-covered slipcase. A very handsome and appealing set, the calf bindings all in quite beautiful condition and very fine, the texts all very well preserved with a minimum of age evidence or mellowing. A VERY HANDSOME SET OF THE FIVE GREAT CHRISTMAS NOVELS PENNED BY CHARLES DICKENS. A CHRISTMAS CAROL IS ONE OF THE GREATEST BOOKS IN ALL OF LITERATURE. With its publication, Dickens captured the popular imagination as no other novelist had done, he was held in in high critical esteem by contemporaries as varied as Queen Victoria and Dostoevsky. He called his extremely popular 'Christmas Carol' a "whimsical sort of masque intended to awaken loving and forbearing thoughts." The lasting appeal of this novel has proven it to be much more. It had been dramatized on the London stage within a month of its publication and has been made into no less then 17 motion pictures. John Leech illustrated Dickens’ classic "Christmas Carol" with four etched plates and several woodcuts within the text. The early impressions such as this one featured hand-colouring to the etched plates. In later editions, the plates were either not colored, not present, or the product of other illustrators. The plates from the early issues feature Leechs’ etched signature and the Chapman and Hall imprint. Leech was a favored illustrator of Dickens and would later produce art for all of Dickens' Christmas books and several other titles as well. THE CHIMES was Dickens’ second installment in the "Christmas Books" series and his labors in creating THE CHIMES were "very arduous" in order to make it a worthy successor to A CHRISTMAS CAROL. He wrote to one of his friends that he believed he had "written a tremendous book and knocked the ‘Carol’ out of the field. It will make a great uproar I have no doubt." THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH was third in Dickens’ Christmas Book Series. The title grew out of Dickens’ idea to begin a weekly periodical named "The Cricket" with an added motto, "A cheerful creature that chirrups on the hearth." Dickens relinquished that idea to instead concentrate on the venture that resulted in the founding of the "The Daily News." The original periodical idea manifested itself in his "Household Words." 'THE CRICKET' was extremely popular when issued. Within one year there had been twenty two editions printed. THE BATTLE OF LIFE was the fourth installment in Dickens’ series of Christmas Books. Dickens managed to find the time to complete the manuscript while working on DOMBEY AND SON in Switzerland and in December of 1846 the book was released, selling 23,000 copies in the first 24 hours. THE HAUNTED MAN AND THE GHOST'S BARGAIN was the last of Dickens' popular Christmas books and one that returns to the themes that brought him such success with A CHRISTMAS CAROL--misery and wrongdoing, realization, redemption and peace as a man blighted by sorrow discovers the true value of his life and of those around him. Like the other four books, it was enormously popular from its first printing and which was followed by countless editions through the years. A WONDERFUL SET OF FIRST EDITIONS OF SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS AND TREASURED BOOKS OF ALL TIME. Bookseller Inventory # 27249

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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

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, 1843. hardcover. Book 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. Bookseller Inventory # 5523

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The Christmas Carol with four other Christmas: Dickens, Charles

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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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Dickens, Charles.

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

Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings of ALL five Christmas books "A Christmas Carol", "The Cricket on the Hearth", "The Chimes", "The Battle of Life", and "The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain" The "Christmas Carol" has the "Stave 1" important point but with yellow endpapers instead of green chalky green endpapers. All the books are in very good shape with light wear to the spine and boards. All the books are bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's cloth, NOT re-bound. The bindings are tight with light wear to the pages. There is NO marks or bookplates in the books. Overall, a collectable set of these First Edition Christmas Books. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-17367206171

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The Christmas books:] A Christmas Carol; The: DICKENS, Charles.

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, Dickens's signature blocked to front boards gilt within single gilt rule, 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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A Christmas Carol in Prose: Being A: DICKENS, Charles.

DICKENS, Charles.

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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. 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, yellow end-papers, gilt edges. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 238124

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

DICKENS, Charles

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Item Description: London Chapman & Hall, 1843. An Excellent, Complete Set of Dickens’s Christmas Books, With a First Edition, First Issue "A Christmas Carol," All in a Beautiful Riviere & Son Binding. With All the Original Cloth Bound in and the Endpapers for "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 I"; blue half-title and red and blue title. Small octavo (6 7/16 x 4 inches; 163 x 102 mm). [viii], [1]2-166, [2, publisher's advertisements] pp. With four inserted hand-colored plates, including frontispiece. In-text black and white illustrations. With two pages of publisher's advertisements. Original green-coated endpapers bound in at the back. Original complete cloth (including front, back and spine) bound in at the back. [Together with:] DICKENS, Charles. 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. Small octavo (6 7/16 x 4 inches; 163 x 102 mm). [vi], [1]2-175, [1, colophon], [1, publisher's advertisement], [1, blank] pp. First state additional engraved title and frontispiece after Daniel Maclise, by F.P. Becker. Eleven in-text black and white illustrations after Doyle, Leech, and Stanfield. With the publisher's advertisement leaf for the tenth edition Christmas Carol bound at the rear. Original complete cloth (including front, back and spine) bound in at the back. [With:] DICKENS, Charles. 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. Small octavo (6 3/8 x 4 inches; 162 x 102 mm). [viii], [1]2-174, [2 publisher's advertisements] pp. Engraved title and frontispiece after Daniel Maclise, by G. Dalziel. Twelve in-text black and white illustrations by various artists chiefly after John Leech. With the first state of the final leaf of publisher's advertisements for the new edition of Oliver Twist. Original complete cloth (including front, back and spine) bound in at the back. [With:] DICKENS, Charles. The Battle of Life. A Love Story. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First edition. Small octavo (6 7/16 x 4 inches; 163 x 102 mm). [viii], [1-3]4-175, [1, colophon], [2, publisher's advertisements] pp. With second state engraved title and frontispiece after Maclise by Thompson. Eleven in-text black and white illustrations after Maclise, Doyle, Stanfield and Leech. Final leaf of publisher's advertisements for Dombey and Son. Original complete cloth (including front, back and spine) bound in at the back. Pages 13-16 bound out of order between pages 4 and 5. [And:] DICKENS, Charles. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition. Small octavo (6 7/16 x 4 inches; 163 x 102 mm). [vi], [1]2-188, [2, publisher's advertisement] pp. With leaf of publisher's advertisements for "Works by Mr. Dickens" bound at the back. Additional pictorial frontispiece and title after Tenniel by Martin & Corbould. Fifteen in-text black and white illustrations after Leech, Stone, Stanfield and Tenniel. Original complete cloth (including front, back and spine) bound in at the back. Together all five volumes beautifully and uniformly bound by Riviere & Son in full black morocco, all spines uniformly sunned to brown. Boards ruled in gilt and stamped in gilt at corners. Spines elaborately stamped and lettered in gilt. Gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Gray drab endpapers. Front hinge to Christmas Carol repaired. Previous owner's old ink ink inscription dated 1945 on front free endpaper of Christmas Carol. Overall a beautiful set with all the original cloth bound in and Christmas Carol with the original green endpapers bound in as well. All volumes housed together in a custom full morocco clamshell. Smith, Dickens, II, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9. HBS 67355. $9,500. Bookseller Inventory # 67355

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A Christmas Carol: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, 1843. Hardcover. Book 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. Bookseller Inventory # T-101-MD-X

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