Charles Dickens. Five Leather-Bound Christmas Books, including: A Christmas Carol, In Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. London: Chapman and Hall, 1843. Early edition, likely second or third edition (edition statement appears to have been erased on title page, making it difficult to ascertain which edition this actually is). 166 pages plus ads. Illustrations by John Leech. Color frontispiece. [and:] The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In. London: Chapman and Hall, 1845. Sixth edition. 175 pages plus ads. Vignette title page and illustrations. [and:] The Cricket on the Hearth, A Fairy Tale of Home. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Seventeenth edition. 174 pages plus ads. Vignette title page and illustrations. [and:] The Battle of Life, A Romance. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First edition. 175 pages plus ads. Vignette title page and illustrations. [and:] The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain, A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. Appears to be a first edition. 188 pages. Illustrated title page, frontispiece and illustrations throughout. All twelvemo volumes are uniformly bound in full red polished calf with gilt spines and morocco labels. Gilt decorations, borders, and dentelles. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. All have the original gilt-stamped red cloth covers bound in. Boards have minor scarring and spines have faded slightly. Overall, a very attractive set in better than very good condition.

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