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DICKENS, Charles.

A Christmas Carol. In Prose....

Being A Ghost Story of Christmas. With illustrations by John Leech.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Chapman & Hall, 1843

Stock Code: 130523

£4,500
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition, second issue with "Stave One" as the first chapter heading and the text uncorrected. 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 (the final book, due in 1847, was postponed for a year and published in 1848). Of the five Christmas books, however, it is A Christmas Carol which has best stood the test of time. "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" (Peter Ackroyd, p. 413). The only textual change between the first and second issues was "Stave I" to "Stave One" as the first chapter heading.

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Description

Octavo (162 x 101 mm). Recent calf, red morocco label, spine bands and covers ruled in gilt, grey endpapers, gilt edges.

Illustrations

Hand-coloured etched frontispiece and 3 steel-engraved plates after Leech, wood-engravings within the text by W. J. Linton after Leech; title page printed in blue and red.

Condition

Neat contemporary ownership signature to half-title. Very minor scuffing to covers, a couple of gatherings standing a little proud, small fox mark to title, trivial paper fault to pp. 1 and 8. A very good copy.

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