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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol : With 45 Lost Gustave Dore Engravings (1861) and 130 Other Victorian Illustrations

Dickens, Charles

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ISBN 10: 188895700X / ISBN 13: 9781888957006
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188895700X This is a hardcover book with dust jacket. !!!Dj has minor wear!!!. Bookseller Inventory # LA.700.KLII11

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Title: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol : With 45...

Publisher: MCE Publishing Co

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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Dust jacket notes: "This is the first book edition of a remarkable set of 45 lost wood engravings from 1861 by Gustave Dore, the great French illustrator. Recently discovered in an obscure old French magazine, they somehow eluded the grasp of scholars for the last 135 years. Apparently, even Charles Dickens did not know of their existence. They are by far the largest set of Victorian engravings for the story, and they include the first drawing ever made of Tiny Tim! But this beautiful Christmas gift book is much more than that. It also contains the full text of A Christmas Carol, plus all the other early sets of illustrations for the story (by Leech, Phiz, Abbey, Barnard, etc.) making a total of nearly 200 Victorian engravings! The dust jacket front cover features several of the lost engravings, colorized by artist Mike Nicastre. A scholarly introduction by Dan Malan, who discovered this set of lost engravings while writing a major reference work on Dore, explores the significance of the lost engravings and the relationship between Dickens and Dore, with lists of their illustrated editions...."

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The point of this publication, supervised by Dan Malan, of The Classics Collector magazine, is the presence of "45 lost engravings by Gustave Doré" along with 130 other Victorian illustrations. Doré did a fine job--his ghosts are the scariest, his poor the shabbiest, and his Scrooge the meanest among the examples on display--but it was a job for an ephemeral publication, not to be compared with the artist's independent projects. The full Dickens text is of course present; this reprint is an interesting oddity. -- The Atlantic Monthly, Phoebe-Lou Adams

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