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    Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol. In Prose. A Ghost Story of Christmas. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition, first state. Small octavo (6.4375 x 4.125 in; 163 x 104 mm.). [8], 166, [2] pages. Frontispiece and three additional inserted plates, all color; four in-text illustrations in black and white. Original reddish-brown publisher's cloth; front and back stamped in blind with gilt vignette on front; spine stamped in gilt. All edges trimmed and gilt. Light green endpapers. In custom maroon one-quarter morocco clamshell with dark blue and dark brown spine labels stamped in gilt. Barely visible darkening to spine and top edge of boards; mild fading to hinges; soft bumping to corners; slight rubbing to edges; tiny chip in cloth toward bottom at hinge; small spot of black staining beneath front gilt ornament, slightly larger spot of pale staining above it. Some loss of green coloring to endpapers. Crack to binding in gutter between gatherings F and G has caused them to cant from rest of text block, less than two mm. from rest of page edges. Softening of text block corners has resulted in slight loss of gilt. Occasional thumbsoiling, soft creases from page turning and evidence of dog-earing to interior of text block. Minor shelf wear to extremities of clamshell. Inscription to previous owner on front free endpaper. Near fine. Blue half-title, blue and red title-page, "MDCCXLIII" dating for Christmas 1843 release and "Stave I." Dickens's preferred format, according to Eckel. Eckel pp. 110-15; Smith II 4. From the collection of Jerome P. O'Connor.

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