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Christmas Carol In Prose. Being a Ghost: DICKENS, Charles

DICKENS, Charles

Published by London Chapman & Hall (1844)

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From: Heritage Book Shop, ABAA (Tarzana, CA, U.S.A.)

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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: Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles

Published by Chapman and Hall, London (1844)

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From: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA (New York, NY, U.S.A.)

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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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Dickens, Charles

Published by Carey & Hart (1844)

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From: Nudelman Rare Books (Seattle, WA, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Carey & Hart, 1844. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st 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 (1844)

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From: Archives Books, Inc. (Edmond, OK, U.S.A.)

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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. Clean, crisp copy with the half-title and eight plates, 4 of which are colored. Title page in blue and red. Size: 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002999

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