Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice
Heritage is in the process of relocating its world headquarters to a new Dallas area location, which will be announced soon. Please call 214-528-3500 to confirm all Heritage appointments, events or deliveries in Dallas, as our departments and staff are moving at different times from separate locations.


    First American Edition of A Christmas Carol

    Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1844.

    First American edition. Twelvemo in sixes (6.1875 x 3.9375 inches; 158 x 100 mm.). [6] (of [8]), 158 pages. Bound without the half-title. Title printed in red and blue. Four hand-colored lithographed plates by P. S. Duval and four wood-engraved plates. In this copy, "Mr. Fezziwig's Ball" serves as the frontispiece; in some copies, "Marley's Ghost" does (no priority).

    Publisher's dark blue vertically-ribbed cloth with covers decoratively panelled in blind and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Original buff endpapers. Light wear to corners, spine extremities, and lower edge of rear board, a few areas of slight discoloration to cloth on covers, small bump and short split to cloth on front cover. The spine appears to have been expertly tightened. Paper slightly browned, some light foxing and occasional soiling or staining, very slight abrasion to lower blank margin of frontispiece, over-opened following the title. Bookplate of Henry F. Stodder on front pastedown. Pencilled initials on front free endpaper: M S W Boston. Newspaper clipping affixed to rear pastedown. A very good copy, which still shows very well.

    The lithographed plates in this first American edition are after the hand-colored steel-engraved plates in the first English edition, and the wood engravings, which were intertextual and in black and white in the English edition, appear here as inserted plates. From the H. Barry Morris Collection.

    Gimbel A80. Wilkins, p. 38.

    View all of [The H. Barry Morris Collection of Charles Dickens' First Editions ]

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    4th-5th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,525

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 November 20 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.

    As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
    Ron Cipolla,
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search