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Christmas Books, comprising A CHRISTMAS CAROL; THE: Dickens Charles

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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, first issue of A CHRISTMAS CAROL with the green endpapers, Stave I and all 39 points of uncorrected text; the first edition of THE CHIMES, with the second state of the vignette titlepage as usual; CRICKET is first edition with the second state of the advertisement leaf as is normally found; BATTLE being the first edition, fourth titlepage design as usual, and first edition of HAUNTED MAN. Numerous illustrations within the four 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, each book in the publisher's original cloth, that of the CHRISTMAS CAROL being the original reddish-brown vertically ribbed, with the closest interval between the left margin blind-stamping and left extremity of the wreath at 14 mm; a.e.g. And a perfect "D" within the wreath on the front panel. It collates perfectly with both Eckel and Todd; Smith, Part II, 4. The others being the original crimson cloth each decorated in gilt on the upper covers and the spines in motifs drawn from the stories. The five novels now all presented together in a very fine red morocco-backed slipcase lettered in gilt between tall raised bands. A sumptuous set, very handsomely preserved and presented. CAROL clean and tight and fine but for the lightest age mellowing, very skillfully strengthened at the inner hinge, CHIMES, CRICKET and BATTLE all fine copies, exceptionally clean and the HAUNTED MAN very near to fine. A BEAUTIFUL SET OF THE FIVE GREAT CHRISTMAS NOVELS PENNED BY CHARLES DICKENS ALL IN THE PUBLISHER'S ORIGINAL CLOTH. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 27003

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Item Description: 1843. DICKENS, Charles. The Christmas Books. London: Chapman and Hall, 1843-48. Together, five volumes. Small octavo, original rose and red cloths (Carol is expertly rebacked with original spine laid down), gilt-decorated covers and spines, all edges gilt. Housed in custom chemises and slipcase. $28,000.First editions of all five of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Booksâ€"chief among them a first issue of his immortal Christmas Carol, the veritable “Bible of Christmas”â€"illustrated with 63 engravings, four in color, by Leech, Maclise, Stanfield, Doyle and Landseer, all books in the original gilt-decorated cloth. A lovely set.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 achievementâ€"the one great Christmas myth of modern literature.” The publication history of A Christmas Carol is bibliographically complex. “Dickens decided to publish the book himself… He wanted the Carol to be a beautiful gift book and took pride in its development. He stipulated the following requirements: a fancy binding, blind-stamped, with gilding on the spine and front cover; all edges gilded; four full-page hand-colored etchings; half title and title pages printed in colors of bright red and green; and hand-colored green endpapers to match the green title page… However, in examining printed copies prior to publication, Dickens was disappointed with the appearance of the green titles, which turned drab, and the hand-colored green endpapers, which dusted off and smudged, and had the title page changed to red and blue, the half title to blue, the date on the title page changed from 1844 to 1843, and the endpapers changed to yellow, which did not require hand work. Dickens’ changes were completed by December 17… Since Dickens’ instructions to discontinue the unsatisfactory titles and endpapers were received at the press before publication, at a time when there were on hand different quantities of endpapers, title pages, and sheets of printed text already produced, many copies are found with a mixture of features” (Gimbel A79). A 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, the half title printed in blue, and light green endpapers. (First-issue copies appear with either yellow or green endpapers, no priority established.) Binding matches Todd’s first impression, first issue, with the smallest interval between blindstamped border and gilt wreath equal to 14-15 mm, and with the “D” in “Dickens” unbroken (Smith II:4). First edition of The Chimes, with the first state of the engraved title page (publisher’s imprint is engraved within the 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 The Haunted Man and The Ghost’s Bargain. All advertisements present, as issued.Dickens followed A Christmas Carol’s tremendous success with four more Christmas books. In each book, he deftly develops the. Bookseller Inventory # 89161

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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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Item Description: Chapman & Hall. Bradbury & Evans, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 5 titles: 1. A Christmas Carol. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. [viii], 166, [2] pp. Four hand-colored engraved plates and illustrations in the text by John Leech. Faded period inscription to half-title, some faint spots. First issue with title-page in red and blue, dated 1843, "stave l" on p 1. 2. The Chimes. London: Chapman and Hall, 1845. [viii], 175, [1] pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece, illustrations throughout by John Leech, Richard Doyle, and others. A few faint spots, but generally clean. First state with publisher's name engraved on additional title. 3. The Cricket on the Hearth. London: for the author by Bradbury and Evans, 1846. [viii], 174, [2] pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece and illustrations throughout by John Leech, Richard Doyle and others. Minor toning, else internally clean. First edition, with second state of advertisement leaf. 4. The Battle of Life. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. [viii], 175, [3] pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece, illustrations throughout by Daniel Maclise, Richard Doyle, John Leech and others. Lightly toned, but generally internally clean. First edition, with 4th state of engraved title as often found. 5. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. [viii], 188 pp. Additional engraved title, frontispiece and illustrations throughout by John Tenniel, John Leech and others. Generally internally clean. First edition. All bound in full crimson morocco, spines gilt, upper covers with morocco inlay vignettes depicting characters from each of the works, a.e.g., all with original cloth bound in at end, for Henry Sotheran. Custom cloth slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 308243

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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). Bookseller Inventory # 3895

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Item Description: 1843. First Edition. DICKENS, Charles. The Christmas Books. London: Chapman and Hall, 1843-48. Together, five volumes. Small octavo, early 20th-century full red morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, all edges gilt (original cloth covers bound in at rear of each volume). Housed together in a custom wooden case. $18,000.First editions of all five of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Booksâ€" chief among them a first issue of his immortal Christmas Carol, the veritable “Bible of Christmas”â€" illustrated with 63 engravings altogether, four in color, by Leech, Maclise, Stanfield, Doyle and Landseer. A lovely set, beautifully bound by Rivière & Son.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 achievementâ€" the one great Christmas myth of modern literature.” The publication history of A Christmas Carol is bibliographically complex. “Dickens decided to publish the book himself… He wanted the Carol to be a beautiful gift book and took pride in its development. He stipulated the following requirements: a fancy binding, blind-stamped, with gilding on the spine and front cover; all edges gilded; four full-page hand-colored etchings; half title and title pages printed in colors of bright red and green; and hand-colored green endpapers to match the green title page… However, in examining printed copies prior to publication, Dickens was disappointed with the appearance of the green titles, which turned drab, and the hand-colored green endpapers, which dusted off and smudged, and had the title page changed to red and blue, the half title to blue, the date on the title page changed from 1844 to 1843, and the endpapers changed to yellow, which did not require hand work. Dickens’ changes were completed by December 17… Since Dickens’ instructions to discontinue the unsatisfactory titles and endpapers were received at the press before publication, at a time when there were on hand different quantities of endpapers, title pages, and sheets of printed text already produced, many copies are found with a mixture of features” (Gimbel A79). Christmas Carol is from the first issue, with green endpapers, uncorrected text (“Stave I” as the first chapter heading), the red-and-blue title page dated 1843, and the half title printed in blue. Dickens 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 the first state of the engraved title page (publisher’s imprint is engraved within the 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 The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain. All advertisements present, as issued. Eckel, 110-125. Smith II: 4-6, 8-9. Gimbel (Podeschi) A79, A86, A92, A116, A119. Engraved bookplate of Lady Marguerite Tennant, Broad Oaks, wife of Sir Charles Tennant, 19th-cent. Bookseller Inventory # 84372

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DICKENS, CHARLES

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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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1843 CHRISTMAS BOOKS A CHRISTMAS CAROL CHARLES: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

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

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DICKENS, Charles.

Published by 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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The Christmas Carol with four other Christmas: Dickens, Charles

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 (1812-1870).

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

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Item Description: London: Chapman and Hall, 1843- 48., 1843. ALL FIRST EDITIONS. 5 volumes. Small octavo. All in the publisher's original gilt decorated cloth, all edges gilt. Christmas Carol with brownish pink colouring, the rest in red cloth. A used set which shows uniform general wear and soiling; covers and extremities with some bumping and marking, spine tips and joints frayed, some reading slant, ownership inscriptions to three volumes including 'Carol'. Remains a presentable set in very good order. All First Editions, various issues. Christmas Carol first state with red and blue title page, 'Stave 1' and uncorrected text, chalky green endpapers. Chimes is 2nd state, Cricket 2nd state ads, Battle of Life is 4th state as usual, Haunted Man no points called for. Walter E Smith; Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth [Volume 2]. Bookseller Inventory # 45425

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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

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 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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DICKENS, Charles.

Published by London: Chapman & Hall/Bradbury & Evans, 1843–48 (1843)

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Item Description: London: Chapman & Hall/Bradbury & Evans, 1843–48, 1843. 5 works, octavo (160 × 99 mm). Late 19th century calf, richly gilt spines, red and brown morocco twin labels, red date bands, three line gilt border on sides enclosing blind roll-tool border, all edges gilt, richly gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers. A very appealing set, uniformly bound. Vignette titles, frontispieces and wood-engraved illustrations in the text after Leech, Maclise, Doyle, Stanfield, and Landseer. A most attractive gathering of Dickens's famous Christmas books: A Christmas Carol (1843), first edition, third state; The Chimes (1845), first edition, first state of the engraved title; The Cricket on the Hearth (1846), first edition, second state of the advertisement leaf; The Battle of Life (1846), first edition, fourth state of the vignette title; The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain (1848), first edition. Podeschi, Gimbel Collection, A79, A86, A92, A116, A119; Smith II 4, 5, 6, 8, 9. Bookseller Inventory # 107133

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DICKENS Charles

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall/ Bradbury & Evans 1843-1848, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. five volumes, later half-leather over marbled boards, raised bands, ruled in gilt, illustrated (preface and one plate laid down first volume), advertisement leaves, origiinal decorated upper covers and spines bound in, all edges gilt, occasional spotting, minor dust-soiling, a handsome set; further information on individual titles and images available on request; comprises ‘A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas’ (third state), ‘The Chimes. A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In’ (second state), ‘The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home’ (second state), ‘The Battle of Life. A Love Story’ (fourth state) and ‘The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain’; first editions. Bookseller Inventory # 15670

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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 1). A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being A Ghost Story of Christmas. London, Chapman & Hall, 1844. Ninth edition. 2). The Chimes: A Goblin Story . . . London, Chapman and Hall, 1845 [but 1844]. First edition, 2nd issue with "Chapman & Hall" outside of cloud on vignette title-page. 3). The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home. London, Bradbury & Evans, 1846 [but 1845]. First edition. 4). The Battle of Life. A Love Story. London, Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First edition, 4th issue, with the scroll carried by Cupid without the imprint on the vignette title-page. 5). The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London, Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition. 8vo. Uniformly bound in full tan calf, spines with 5 raised bands, each compartment ruled in gilt with elaborate gilt stamping around an oval, black leather gilt stamped label on each volume, covers triple ruled in gilt, a.e.g., inner fillets double ruled; marbled endpapers by J. & E. Bumpus, with the original cloth bound in; brown silk bookmarks. Very good-fine, fresh set with no foxing. No signatures or bookplates. Bookseller Inventory # 229607

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall 1843-48, London, 1843. First Edition. 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, The Battle of Life is the fourth issue ((subtitled "A Love Story" on a scroll carried by an angel and without publisher's imprint);, Cricket on the Hearth is the second issue, The Chimes is the second issue. The five volumes are bound in rubbed full calf with all of the covers separate. This is a complete set that needs to be rebound. Bookseller Inventory # 55301

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Dickens, Charles

Published by London: Chapman & Hall

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Item Description: London: Chapman & Hall. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. In five volumes. I: A Christmas Carol (1843). First edition, second state. Re-bound and lacking ads. [viii] 166; II. The Chimes (1845) . Second edition. [viii] 175; III. The Cricket on the Hearth (1846). First edition. The scarce first state with the advert for Oliver Twist consisting of two lines of italic followed by the title "Oliver Twist." [viii] 174 [2]; IV. The Battle of Life (1846). First edition. With the fourth state vignette. [viii] 175 [2] V. The Haunted Man (1848). First edition. [viii] 188. Size of Vol. I: 4 in. x 6 ¼ in. Size of Vols. II-V: 4 ¼ in. x 6 ½ in. Vol. I: re-bound in marbled paper over boards, with leather spine and corner pieces. Marbled end-papers and edges. Title label on the spine which shows raised bands and gilt designs. Vols. II-V: Uniformly bound in red cloth, gilt designs on front cover, gilt titling on the spine, blind-stamps decorations on rear cover. All edges gilt. All volumes show some of the defects arising from age: light wear to edges and corners, fading to the spines. The cloths, uniform originally, are now different shades. The Haunted Man and Cricket in the Hearth show cracking to the cloth on the spine. Three have the names of former owners in ink, one has the sticker from a bookseller. A few frontispieces show age-related toning. Nevertheless, these are original editions of Dickens' Christmas books, in the editions and states as described. Altogether a very good set. Bookseller Inventory # LEH-122

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A Christmas Carol, Chimes, Haunted Man, Battle: Charles Dickens
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Item Description: 1844. Hardcover Cloth. Book Condition: VG+-Near Fine. Mixed Editions. 16mo - over 5.75" - 6.75" tall. A lovely complete set of Charles Dickens' Christmas Books housed in a green custom cloth box. A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Chapman and Hall, London, 1844. Ninth Edition (so stated). With four hand-colored illustrations by John Leech and four black & white woodcut illustrations. With red and blue title page, Stave I. Original red cloth but the spine has been replaced with the original spine laid down. The spine gilt is bright and shiny. The cover has some blemishes and the edges of gold-gilt are intact but blemished; the corners and edges are rubbed. The endpapers are cream and more recent but the book is very solid. This book is quite clean and bright with only occasional spots of foxing and the lightest touches of soil. Two of the hand-colored illustrations each have a small tear at the edge, one slightly into the edge of the illustration. Overall a very special copy. THE CHIMES: Chapman & Hall, London, 1845, Third Edition (so stated). With 13 illustrations by Daniel Maclise (2) Richard Doyle (4), John Leech (5) and Clarkson Stanfield (2). With light yellow endpapers and gold-gilt page edges. The spine has been replaced with the original spine laid down; some of the title is rubbed away but the spine is very solid and the book itself is quite tight. Slight rubbing on the covers and the corners and edges are bumped. The page edge gold gilt is tarnished but still very evident. There are a few spots of foxing on the preliminary pages, but the interior is quite clean. THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH: Bradbury & Evans, London, 1846. A lovely First Edition, Second state. In original red cloth with gold-gilt cover designs and page edges. With the second state of the Oliver Twist advertisement in the back (Smith, p. 39). With 14 illustrations by John Leech (7), Richard Doyle (3), Clarkson Stanfield (1) and Danial Maclise (2). The interior is very clean with very light touches of soil primarily on the preliminary pages. The book is very slightly cocked and the light yellow endpapers may be more recent. The spine ends are bumped with small loss. With a small tasteful old bookseller label on the front free endpaper "Bookseller to the Queen Dowager, King Stationer & Bookbinder (address) Brighton." Otherwise the book is beautiful, tight and bright. THE HAUNTED MAN: Bradbury & Evans, London, 1848. First Edition and only state. [i-viii] [1] 2-188 pp. Bound in the original red cloth. With gold-gilt page edges and cover designs, and light yellow endpapers. A beautiful solid copy, only slightly cocked and very clean internally. The spine has been replaced and the original spine laid down very smoothly. With 17 illustrations by John Leech (5), Clarkson Stanfield (3), John Tenniel (6) and Frank Stone (3). The page edge gold gilt is slightly tarnished but still very evident. Corners are bumped. Small blemishes on covers and light marks on the endpapers. With a charming old script name on the fore-leaf, "Mary Thiffinne (?), Westgate." An unusually nice copy. THE BATTLE OF LIFE: Bradbury & Evans, London, 1846. First Edition, Fourth State, in original red cloth. [i-viii] [1-3] 4-175 [176] [1-2 advert.] pp. With 13 illustrations by Daniel Maclise (4), Richard Doyle (3), Clarkson Stanfield (3) and John Leech (3). The page edge gold gilt is tarnished but still very evident. Little if any foxing; the interior is quite clean; in fact the vignette pages (often the first to get foxing) are the nicest we have seen. The spine has been replaced and repaired and the original laid down but with some loss. Slightly cocked but very solid and tight. The light cream endpapers show small spots and marks, and a previous owner's note in old script on the front free endpaper "Book Club/to be kept 5 days." Also an old bookseller label, "Ye Olde Bookshoppe, Southhampton/H.M. Gilbert." Overall a very nice copy. A wonderful complete set. Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 2909

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Item Description: London: Chapman and Hall n.d. c., 1890. Illustrated Library edition, 30 volumes, 8vo. Engraved plates throughout, marbled endpapers, sides and edges. Attractively bound in contemporary half calf, gilt blocked spines with raised bands and red and green labels, the latter mostly with some fading, one volume (Barnaby Rudge) recased, slight wear to a few tops of spines, otherwise a very handsome set. Bookseller Inventory # 14919

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The Works of Charles Dickens, (Comprising: Pickwick: DICKENS, Charles.

Item Description: London: Chapman & Hall, 1880. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 14 volumes bound in 12, 8.75 inches tall. A particularly attractive set in half red crushed morocco with gilt raised bands, very fine gilt panels and titles. A very fine edition illustrated profusely throughout. Lacking Hard Times and Great Expectations and Little Dorrit. Some light foxing to the prelims. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-8464123584

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DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870).

Published by London: Chapman and Hall 1886-7 (1886)

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Item Description: London: Chapman and Hall 1886-7, 1886. 5 volumes, small octavo. Illustrated with engravings by Sir Edwin Landseer, Maclise, Stanfield, F. Stone, Doyle, Leech and Tenniel. Publisher's decorative red cloth with gilt decoration, in the style of the original bindings. These are the first printings of this new edition, taken from the stereotype plates of the original edition, with a statement to that effect in each volume. A lovely fine set with uniform sunning to spines, housed in a custom-made morocco-spined leather clamshell case. A most attractive presentation of an important printing. Eckell [110]. Bleiler; Checklist of Fantastic Literature [254]. Bookseller Inventory # 42813

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DICKENS, Charles [PHIZ].

Published by London: Chapman and Hall, n.d. (1870). (1870)

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Item Description: London: Chapman and Hall, n.d. (1870)., 1870. The Charles Dickens Edition. 21 titles in 14 volumes (complete as published); Crown octavo, illustrated. Bound in original half brown morocco, gilt, with marbled sides, edges and endpapers. Some minor wear and rubbing but essentially a solid set. Most presentable. Each work has a new preface by Dickens. Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'. Bookseller Inventory # 42606

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DICKENS, Charles.

Published by 1886-93 (1886)

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Item Description: 1886-93, 1886. 1) A Christmas Carol . A Ghost Story of Christmas; 2) The Chimes - A Goblin Story .; 3) The Cricket on the Hearth .; 4) The Battle of Life - A Love Story; 5) The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. London: Chapman and Hall, 1886-1893. Sm. 8vo. Uniformly bound in original publisher's gilt decorated red cloth. Illustrated throughout, plus adverts. An attractive set, now seldom offered. Bookseller Inventory # 229763

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (1852)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, London, 1852. Decorative Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. John Leech (illustrator). First English Edition. Dickens, Charles. CHRISTMAS BOOKS. Frontispiece by John Leech (a larger version of his 'Mr. Fezziwig's Ball'). London: Chapman & Hall, 1852. Original blind-stamped green publisher's cloth with spines elaborately decorated in gilt. FIRST ENGLISH COLLECTED EDITION OF THE FIVE CHRISTMAS BOOKS and First "Cheap" Edition (actually volume 9 of the first and most important collected works of Dickens, with a new 1pp introduction by Dickens and a specially commissioned new frontispiece). Begun in 1847 with writings already published, Dickens added further titles to his "works" as he went along. Despite being called "cheap" -- these volumes are just as high quality in texture and ornamentation as his first editions. Just about FINE, spine just barely faded, a small spot of wear to the lower joint, but a lovely bright copy. Bookseller Inventory # 001762

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, London (1852)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, London, 1852. Leech, John. First authorized collected edition, with a new preface by Dickens. Wood-engraved frontispiece after John Leech, section-title to each story, text in double column. 266, [1] pp. 8vo. Issued as part of Chapman and Hall's Cheap Edition of the Works of Mr. Charles Dickens (pirated collected editions had previously appeared in the United States). cf. Gimbel/Podeschi D5 Publisher's blind-panelled green cloth gilt, yellow-coated endpapers, gilt spine slightly faded, corners and head and foot of spine just bumped. Frontispiece lightly foxed, else fine copy Wood-engraved frontispiece after John Leech, section-title to each story, text in double column. 266, [1] pp. 8vo First authorized collected edition, with a new preface by Dickens. Bookseller Inventory # 100526

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DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870).

Published by London: Chapman and Hall, 1886-1888. (1886)

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Item Description: London: Chapman and Hall, 1886-1888., 1886. Printed from the stereotype plates of the first editions. 5 vols. Small octavo. Bound in publisher's red cloth, each decorated with gilt motifs that reflect the subjects of the novels. All illustrated with engravings by artists such as John Leech, Daniel Maclise, and John Tenniel, amongst others. Bindings show minor and uniform sunning to spine, a little rubbing, with some bumping and fraying to corners and at spine ends. Internally clean and free from foxing. A tight, attractive set published in the same format as the first edition, contained in a custom-made marbled slip-case. Dickens' Christmas Books, beginning with A Christmas Carol in 1834 and finishing with The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain in 1848, are among his most popular and enduring works. They are tales intended for Christmas reading, and focus on the importance of domesticity, gratitude, and kindness in keeping with the spirit of Christmas. Bookseller Inventory # 44143

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The Christmas Books. Five Volumes in RIVIERE: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall,, London, 1886-1892 (1886)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall,, London, 1886-1892, 1886. Full Leather. All Five Volumes are with Frontis, Engraved Title-Page, & Other Illustrations By the Following: 1- John Leech; 2- Maclise, Doyle, Leech,& Stanfield; 3.- as 2 + Landseer; 4- Tenniel, Stanfield, Stone, & Leech; 5- Same as 2. (illustrator). CONTENTS: 1- A Christmas Carol. In Prose.being a Ghost Story of Christmas.1892.; 2- The Chimes: a Goblin Story.1892.; 3- The Cricket on the Hearth. a Fairy Tale of Home. 1890. 4-The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. 1887; 5-The Battle of Life. a Love Story. 1886. Half-Title present in all five volumes. BINDING: The five volumes are bound by RIVIERE in matching half leather over marbled boards with five raised bands, gilt lettering to spines, matching marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. CONDITION: Scuffing to spines and edges; outer hinges starting to crack (but all covers firmly attached), one page crudely opened with a small loss (well away from the text); occasional light foxing, otherwise a very good, tight, clean & attractive set. Size: 6 3/4 X 4 1/4 Inches. (17 X 10.5 Cms.). Bookseller Inventory # 003278

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Item Description: London: Chapman and Hall -8, 1901. Authentic edition, 22 volumes, 8vo. Coloured frontispieces plus black and white illustrations throughout, small tear to one half title. Original gilt titled green cloth, t.e.g., some light marks and bumps otherwise a very good set. Published in 21 volumes, here with the additional volume of Miscellaneous Papers. Bookseller Inventory # 17630

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