RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); DICKENS, Charles.

A Christmas Carol.

London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1964 Stock Code: 148162
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A beautifully bound copy of Dickens's Christmas classic, first published in 1843, with illustrations by Rackham, first published in 1915.

A Christmas Carol was an instant success, reportedly selling all 6,000 copies of the first edition on the first day of publication, and Dickens went on to write four more small festive books for each successive Christmas. Of the five Christmas books, however, it is A Christmas Carol which has best stood the test of time, and remains the most famous of all Christmas stories. "It is rather as if Dickens had rewritten a religious tract and filled it both with his own memories and with all the concerns of the period. He had, in other words, created a modern fairy story. And so it has remained" (Ackroyd, p. 413).

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Octavo (204 x 146 mm). Finely bound by Bayntun in late 20th-century red calf, spine with five raised bands decorated in gilt, twin blue and green morocco labels lettered in gilt, remaining four compartments decorated with border of flower and leaf tools enclosing sprig of holly in gilt, sides with border of paired gilt fillets, central holly motif to front board gilt, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles gilt, gilt eges.


Title page printed in black and red. With 12 colour plates, including frontispiece with tissue guard, and black and white illustrations to the text.


A near-fine copy, handsomely bound, faint mark to front cover, contents clean and crisp, plates bright.


Peter Ackroyd, Dickens, 1990.


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