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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Dickens on a laid in signature with NO indication of later edition printed on the title page. Later Editions state "second edition" or "third Edition" on the title page beneath the tree. 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 '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. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12065287250

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Dickens, Charles

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

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Carey & Hart, Philadelphia (1844)

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

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DICKENS, Charles

Published by London Chapman & Hall (1844)

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

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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

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Dickens, Charles

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

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Dickens, Charles

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

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall London 1843, London, 1843. First Printing. Illustrated by Leech (illustrator). First Edition. Very good tight, bright condition, spine tips worn hardback Green endpapers, red & blue title page, etc.Overall a very good copy of the First Issue, in a custom made clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 021175

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Charles Dickens.

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

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

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DICKENS, CHARLES

Published by CHAPMAN & HALL, LONDON (1843)

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

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Charles Dickens

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

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Carey & Hart, Philadelphia (1844)

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Item Description: Carey & Hart, Philadelphia, 1844. First American edition. Original dark bue embossed cloth with gilt wreath motif and lettering on spine. The exceedingly scarce first American edition, published only one year after the English first and a near facsimile, with four hand-colored plates and the four half-page black and white illustrations by John Leech now appearing as full-page ilustrations. With "Stave I" and title page in red and blue. A superb copy with original cloth quite clean and unrubbed with only a few faint minor water marks; the gilt on spine only slightly rubbed, corners slightly rubbed, hinges in tact. Thumbing and some browntoning internally, but minor. A near fine copy of what is now considered to be a very rare and desirable Dickens edition. Bookseller Inventory # 2102

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (1843)

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

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

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Dickens, Charles.

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

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, 1843-48., London:, 1843. Book Condition: Very Good. First edition of each of his Christmas books in the original cloth. A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1843): second issue with "Stave One" p.1, yellow endpapers, title page in blue and red. In Todd's earliest state of the binding. Fading to area near lower, rear board, otherwise a near fine copy with only the barest wear. THE CHIMES (1845): second state of the engraved title page; in the correct, first binding. Near fine with light wear to spine ends and corners, including a tiny inconspicuous tear to back spine tip. THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH (1846): second state of the advertising leaf for Oliver Twist; in the correct, first binding. Shallow chip to top rear corner of spine, which is a little darkened, otherwise very good. THE BATTLE OF LIFE (1846): fourth state of the vignette title page, as is common; in the variant binding with "by" on front and spine in plain letters (vs. "vine-y"). Small name label to front pastedown, rear endpaper cracked though hinge still tight, otherwise bright and near fine. THE HAUNTED MAN AND THE GHOST BARGAIN (1848): light wear to spine ends and corners, faint stain to base of front board, ownership inscription on pastedown, otherwise very good. OVERALL AN ATTRACTIVE SET, remarkably clean and, with the exception of the fifth volume, free from ownership names and inscriptions. Housed in custom, clamshell case. Bookseller Inventory # 52966

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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: Very good-. Dust Jacket Condition: No dust jacket. 8vo. With four hand-colored engravings and four black and white woodcuts after John Leech. [i-viii], [1]2-166, [2, ads] pp. Publisher?s reddish-brown blind- and gilt-stamped , ribbed cloth. All edges gilt. Covers quite worn, cocked, inner hinges crackedThe covers are now more brown than red, lightly cocked, there is bubbling of the cloth along a one-inch band down the front fore-edge of front cover, endpapers cracked at gutters, very little, scattered foxing. Over all, a better than average copy of a fragile book. First edition, second issue [ with "Stave One", red and blue title- page, yellow end papers]. Bookseller Inventory # 49266

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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

Published by London Chapman and Hall 1843 (1843)

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Item Description: London Chapman and Hall 1843, 1843. First edition, with "Stave I" in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, earliest state of the binding, and first issue points including green endpapers and title in red and blue. With four color illustrations and four woodcuts by John Leech. Small 8vo, in handsome full brown calf with red morocco spine brightly decorated in gilt in a holly motif, with the original cloth covers and green endpapers bound in the rear. 166, 2 ads pp. A very nice and clean copy of Dicken's most beloved Christmas tale, quite attractive. THE MOST FAMOUS CHRISTMAS STORY OF ALL TIME. 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 A 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. Bookseller Inventory # 23981

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DICKENS, Charles

Published by Philadephia Carey & Hart (1844)

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

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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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Charles Dickens

Published by Philadelphia, Carey & Hart (1844)

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

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Dickens, Charles

Published by London: Chapman and Hall & Bradbury and Evans. -1848 (1843)

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Item Description: London: Chapman and Hall & Bradbury and Evans. -1848, 1843. First editions. Five volumes. Beautiful nineteenth century full vellum bindings with green gilt stamped morocco title labels to the spine. The spines and borders to the upper and lower boards decorated and ruled in gilt. Marbled endpapers and inner gilt dentelles. All page edges gilt. All volumes are in excellent condition with only a few light marks and a little darkening to the vellum, the contents clean and bright throughout. Labels a little chipped at the edges of The Chimes and The Cricket In The Hearth, with the publisher’s imprint label wanting from the bottom of the spine. Neat previous owner’s bookplate to the pastedown of all but one volume. Illustrated throughout. A beautiful first edition set of The Christmas Books. A Christmas Carol, with eight illustrations by John Leech, (four of which are hand coloured steel engravings), is the first issue, with all internal flaws called for in Smith, the "Stave I" chapter heading, the title page printed in blue and red. the half title printed in blue; The Chimes, with thirteen illustrations by Maclise, Doyle, Leech and Stanfield is also in the first state, with all of the internal flaws called for in Smith and the title page vignette with publisher's name within illustration; The Cricket On The Hearth is bound without the advertisment leaf; The Battle Of Life with the fourth state of vignette title page, as usual; The Haunted Man with all the internal flaws called for in Smith. (Walter E. Smith: Charles Dickens In The Original Cloth, Part II pp.23-24, 35, 42, 63 & 69). Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. Bookseller Inventory # 11104

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DICKENS, Charles.

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1843)

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

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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 with Four hand colored steel-engraved plates by John Leech and four black and white wood-engraved illustrations by W.J. Linton. The title page in printed in blue and red, dated 1843 and the ORIGINAL yellow endpapers are present making it a second issue as the first issue has green chalky color endpapers. The book is in great shape with light wear to the boards. The pages are clean with some discoloration to the title page NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A sharp copy of this First Edition in collector's condition. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-13175120663

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DICKENS, Charles.

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

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1843- 48., 1843. ALL FIRST EDITIONS. 5 volumes. Small 8vo. All in the publisher's bright, original gilt decorated cloth, all edges gilt, yellow endpapers. Christmas Carol with brownish pink colouring (Christmas Carol with 'Stave One' being the First Edition, Second Issue with yellow end papers), the rest in red cloth. Light browning, minor wear to covers and extremities, a little soiling to cloth, some chipping to head of professionally repaired spine on 'The Haunted Man', bookplate to 'Cricket on The Hearth', 'Battle of Life' usual later state (first state is effectively unobtainable). Ink ownership to title page of 'Christmas Carol.' Overall a very good, highly attractive set, housed in a tailor made felt lined slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 41176

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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. FIRST EDITIONS. 5 volumes; Small 8vo. Illustrated with engravings; 'A Christmas Carol' with many plates hand coloured. 5 volumes uniformly bound in full green crushed levant by Root and Son and Trevor Lloyd, five raised bands to spine, delicate floral gilt, silk endleaves, all edges gilt. Together 5 volumes complete. Occasional foxing. A fine set in sumptuous leather binding. All First Editions, various issues. Christmas Carol first issue with red and blue title page and 'Stave 1' with the uncorrected text. Chimes is 2nd state, Cricket 1st issue ads, Battle of Life is fourth issue as usual, Haunted Man no points called for. Eckell [110]. Bleiler; Checklist of Fantastic Literature [254]. Bookseller Inventory # 41237

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Charles Dickens

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

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall,, London:, 1843. Hardcover. First Edition. Second State. Good+ in original, decorated light brown, vertical-ribbed cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and gilt text and decorations on the front board and with all edges of the text block gilt. A 16mo measuring 6 1/2" by 4" with the cloth at the head of the spine chipped by a depth of 1/4", the front and rear hinges are cracked, but the binding is holding as are the front and rear joints and the spine has a definite slant. There is an early gift inscription and date of "March/44" in ink on the first free end page. The title page is printed in red and blue ink and with Roman numerals showing a year of 1843 and "Stave I" appears in Roman type with the end sheets in very pale yellow. The half-title is in blue ink. 166 pages of text followed by two page of advertisements for books by the author. Illustrated with a hand colored frontispiece and seven engravings by John Leech three of which are hand colored. (Smith: Dickens in Original Cloth vol. II, 4 p. 19). Bookseller Inventory # TB26993

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman & Hall, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, London, 1843. Full Leather. Book Condition: VG+. First Edition. First edition, first issue. Small 8vo, rebound (by Frost & Co, Bath) in full, polished green leather, double-ruled gilt front and back, more gilt to spine. Illustrated with 8 plates, 4 of which are hand-colored. All points observed, including Stave I, light green endpapers (bound in at rear, along with original brown cloth front, back and spine), and title page in red & blue. A handsome presentation. Bookseller Inventory # 010274

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Dickens, Charles.

Published by Chapman & Hall 1843, 1845, 1846, 1848,, London (1843)

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall 1843, 1845, 1846, 1848,, London, 1843. In original cloth bindings, comprising the following: A Christmas Carol, Gimbel's second state, Calhoun & Heaney's first issue fourth state, Todd's first impression, first issue with cream endpapers and reading "STAVE ONE." Contemporary gift inscription on front pastedown, bookplate, spine cocked, with a small chip at the top of the spine, overall a very good copy. The Chimes, first Edition, bookplate, a very good, fairly bright and clean copy. The Battle of Life, first Edition, fourth state of the vignette title page, rebacked with the original cloth laid down, some cloth spotting, very good. The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain, first edition, bookplate, some cloth fraying, very good. All five volumes enclosed in a quarter leather slipcase (a bit worn). See an Image. Bookseller Inventory # 4252

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DICKENS, Charles [PHIZ, BROWNE, CRUIKSHANK, etc.].

Published by London: Chapman and Hall, 1874-76. (1874)

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Item Description: London: Chapman and Hall, 1874-76., 1874. The Illustrated Library Edition. 30 volumes; 8vo. Contemporary binding of half dark green morocco with gilt raised bands, gilt titles, and extra gilt decoration to spines, green cloth boards; marbled end papers and edges. With illustrations from the original works by Phiz, Browne, Cruikshank, etc. Bookplate and Dickens anniversary stamp pasted down to first free end paper of all volumes. A remarkable set in an unusually bright, tight and highly decorative contemporary binding, just a touch rubbed to extremities. Podeschi [Gimbel] D72. Bookseller Inventory # 32249

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Dickens, Charles

Published by Carey & Hart, Philadelphia (1844)

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Item Description: Carey & Hart, Philadelphia, 1844. Publisher's Cloth. Book Condition: VG+. First American Edition. First American edition. Small 8vo, original cloth binding, blind pressed front and back, gilt to spine. Illustrated with 8 plates, 4 of which are hand-colored. Some modest wear to corners, covers lightly rubbed/soiled, leaves moderately toned and spotted here and there, and a gift inscription dated year of publication in lovely period cursive, a charming addition to this solid, unsophisticated copy. Bookseller Inventory # 010275

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