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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 (1844)

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Item Description: Chapman and Hall, London, 1844. First edition, first issue, third state, with all of Smith's points, save the dubious period on page 21, line 22. Also known as the "Trial issue," and championed by Richard Gimbel, among others, as the true first state of the book. Title-page printed in red and green with wood-engraved holly vignette, half-title printed in green, handcolored etched frontispiece and 3 handcolored etched plates after and by John Leech, 4 wood-engraved text illustrations after Leech by W. J. Linton, integral terminal leaf of publisher's ads ("Works of Mr. Charles Dickens"). 12mo. The "Trial Issue". While this issue of A Christmas Carol was not the one first distributed, it did reflect the initial conception of the author. In "A Ha! Christmas!," Jock Elliott gives a more cogent explanation of the publication history of the Carol than most of Dickens's bibliographers: "Dickens wanted to produce a little gift book that would be perfect in every respect. For example, not only would it be illustrated, but four of the illustrations would be in color. (In a first edition of 6,000, this meant the immediate hand-coloring of 24,000 engravings!) And Dickens experimented with the format of the book. Here is the sequence of events as I see it: "First, Dickens had the title page printed in red and green, with green endpapers to match. (Red and green were nice Christmassy colors.) But the green type did not look too good - too drab. And the green of the endpapers tended to smudge and rub off. So he switched to red and blue title page and yellow endpapers. And he changed the date from 1844 to 1843, as being more appropriate for a book printed for the 1843 Christmas season. "All the copies delivered to Dickens on December 17 incorporated these changes. I am quite sure that if Dickens had been asked what he considered the true first edition, he would have said, 'Why these, of course.'" Although the "Trial issue" is not the first published of the several variant states of the first edition, first issue of A Christmas Carol, it is indisputably the scarcest. Grolier/Elliott 80; Smith, Dickens in the Original Cloth 2:4; Todd, "A Christmas Carol," in The Book Collector 10:449-54; Gimbel/Podeschi A79 (copy 1) Publisher's cinnamon-brown rib-grain cloth, covers blocked in blind with decorative holly and ivy border, front cover and spine gilt with author and title with a holly wreath, green-coated endpapers, gilt edges (Todd's first impression, first issue of cover stamp); spine worn with some minor repair, extremities rubbed, inner hinges starting. Red half morocco slipcase and chemise. Contemporary owner's signature of James R. Gurnock on verso of front free endpaper; bookplate of author George Barr McCutcheon (AAA, 21 April 1926, lot 68); and signature of Alice W. Hayden on front free endpaper Title-page printed in red and green with wood-engraved holly vignette, half-title printed in green, handcolored etched frontispiece and 3 handcolored etched plates after and by John Leech, 4 wood-engraved text illustrations after Leech by W. J. Linton, integral terminal leaf of publisher's ads ("Works of Mr. Charles Dickens"). 12mo First edition, first issue, third state, with all of Smith's points, save the dubious period on page 21, line 22. Also known as the "Trial issue," and championed by Richard Gimbel, among others, as the true first state of the book. Bookseller Inventory # 100520

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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 Chapman & Hall (1844)

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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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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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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). 1st 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. [The book is undated,- this publication is circa 1844] - - 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 marvelous. - This is a beautiful little book. - A Timeless Investment : Our orders are shipped within 1 or 2 business days. - 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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