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    Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843.

    First edition, first issue, with the text uncorrected, "Stave I" as the first chapter heading, red and blue title page dated 1843, blue half-title, and green endpapers. Small octavo. [8], 166, [2, advertisements] pages. Three hand-colored steel-engraved plates (frontispiece and plates facing pages 25, and 78) by and after John Leech, and four wood-engraved text illustrations (on pages 37, 73, 119, and 164) by W. J. Linton after John Leech. Missing one of the colored plates, "The Last of the Spirits" (which should be facing page 150).

    Publisher's vertically-ribbed cinnamon cloth. Covers decoratively stamped in blind with a single-line border enclosing a decorative border of holly and ivy; front cover decoratively lettered in gilt within a gilt wreath of holly leaves. Spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. Original green coated endpapers. Stain to front board. Backstrip separating, with some slight loss to fabric at head of spine. Inked name of three pervious owners to front free endpaper. Binding somewhat cocked. Hinges cracked. Signatures slightly weak. A good copy of Dickens' immortal Christmas classic worthy of professional restoration.

    Eckel, pp. 110-115. Gimbel A79. Smith II, 4.


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