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Christmas Carol In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech.

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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A Christmas carol: In prose. Being a ghost story of Christmas

Dickens, Charles

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Item Description: Chapman & Hall, 1844. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 6th edition, 1844. Published by Chapman & Hall. Illustrated by John Leech. Includes total of 8 plates, 4 of which are hand-colored. Gilt page edges. Measures 6.25" by 4.25" by 0.75". Title page in blue and red. Inscription on flyleaf from previous owner. Minor pencil markings on title page. Minor foxing throughout. Dickens wrote this title 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. Family owned since 1989. Selling online since 1995. Exceptional shopping experience, 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000492486

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A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.

Dickens, Charles

Published by Carey & Hart, Philadelphia (1844)

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Item Description: Carey & Hart, Philadelphia, 1844. Modern Half Morocco. Book Condition: Very Good. John Leech (illustrator). First American Edition. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. Clean, crisp copy with the half-tiltle and eight plates, 4 of which are colored. Title page in blue and red. Bookseller Inventory # 002999

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL - IN PROSE - BEING A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS

CHARLES Dickens

Published by GEORGE ROUTLEDGE AND SONS, London (1844)

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Item Description: GEORGE ROUTLEDGE AND SONS, London, 1844. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. John Leech (illustrator). Early Edition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A Beautiful Christmas Book - A Christmas Carol by CHARLES DICKENS. EXACT WORDING ON TITLE PAGE READS: 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN PROSE BEING A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS BY CHARLES DICKENS WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOHN LEECH. - LONDON: GEORGE ROUTLEDGE AND SONS, - BROADWAY, LUDGATE HILL. NEW YORK: 9 LAFAYETTE PLACE. CIRCA: 1844 [book is undated] - EXACT WORDING ON PREFACE PAGE READS: PREFACE: I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Their faithful Friend and Servant, C. D. December, 1843. CONDITION & DESCRIPTION: Boards are two tone: One quarter red cloth with gilt lettering to the spine and black inlay front and rear. Decorated three quarters front and back with Christmas Holly and Berries. Delightful Christmas decoration. Rubbed top and bottom of spine, corners and edges. Chipping and rubbing. Still, however, firmly bound to the inner page block. Boards remain firm. [Hardcover]. - 254 pages. Few areas of browning and occasional foxing. Otherwise all pages are clean and tightly bound. Slight book lean. - John Leech Illustrations are produced from the original illustrations, and they are marvellous. - This is a beautiful little book. - A Timeless Investment ----- POSTAGE OPTIONS: Our orders are shipped within 1 or 2 business days. --- If you select 'Priority' as the postal option, you will get the fastest option. [Please have a look at my Shipping Rates and Estimated times for Delivery, so you can make your preferred choice]. - Thanks for your interest and I hope you like the book enough to buy it. - Regards from Arabella. Bookseller Inventory # 000672

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