A Christmas Carol. In Prose.
Being A Ghost Story of Christmas ... with illustrations by John Leech.
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First edition, first issue, with “Stave I” on the first page of text and green endpapers. These handcoloured endpapers, Dickens’s original choice for his lavish gift book, proved a disappointment. The colour dusted off and smudged, so the endpapers were changed to yellow, not requiring hand work. Probably in the middle of binding, as demand grew faster than the current endpaper stock, it was decided to use up the green paper, and thereafter it was used indiscriminately with yellow, but discarded again when the initial supply of green became exhausted. Primary copies therefore occur with either green or yellow endpapers, some collectors preferring green as the author’s original pre-publication choice.
Octavo. Original brown vertical fine-ribbed cloth, spine and upper cover decorated and lettered gilt, sides stamped in blind, green endpapers, gilt edges. Hand-coloured etched frontispiece and 3 plates after Leech. 1950s gift inscription to front free endpaper. Spine faded, a few small spots to cloth. An excellent copy, the contents fresh.
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