Christmas Books, comprising] A CHRISTMAS CAROL; THE CHIMES; THE BATTLE OF LIFE; THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH; and THE HAUNTED MAN AND THE GHOSTS BARGAIN

Dickens Charles

Published by London Bradbury and Evans and Chapman and Hall 1843, '45, '46, '46, '48, 1843
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Together 5 volumes. First edition of each work, Christmas Carol is first issue. Numerous illustrations within the five 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, in handsome uniform full burgundy calf, the boards with gilt rule border, the spines with raised bands double ruled in gilt, 4 compartments with central gilt tool,two with green morocco labels gilt lettered, marbled endpapers and e.a.g. Each book with the gilt decorated original cloth from the upper board bound in, 'Chimes', 'Cricket' and "Christmas Carol" also with the gilt decorated cloth from the original spines bound in. All five books housed together in a red cloth-covered slipcase. A very handsome and appealing set, the calf bindings all in quite beautiful condition and very fine, the texts all very well preserved with a minimum of age evidence or mellowing. A VERY HANDSOME SET OF THE FIVE GREAT CHRISTMAS NOVELS PENNED BY CHARLES DICKENS. 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 in the first 24 hours. THE HAUNTED MAN AND THE GHOST'S BARGAIN was the last of Dickens' popular Christmas books and one that returns to the themes that brought him such success with A CHRISTMAS CAROL--misery and wrongdoing, realization, redemption and peace as a man blighted by sorrow discovers the true value of his life and of those around him. Like the other four books, it was enormously popular from its first printing and which was followed by countless editions through the years. A WONDERFUL SET OF FIRST EDITIONS OF SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS AND TREASURED BOOKS OF ALL TIME. Bookseller Inventory # 27249

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Title: Christmas Books, comprising] A CHRISTMAS ...

Publisher: London Bradbury and Evans and Chapman and Hall 1843, '45, '46, '46, '48

Publication Date: 1843

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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