First Edition of Dickens's Last Christmas BookCharles Dickens. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848.
First edition. Small octavo (6.5 x 4.0625 inches; 165 x 104 mm.). [2, publisher's advertisements], , 188 pages. Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title by Martin & Corbould after John Tenniel, and fifteen wood-engraved text illustrations by Martin & Corbould, Thomas Williams, Smith & Cheltnam, and the Dalziel Brothers, after John Tenniel, Clarkson Stanfield, Frank Stone, and John Leech.
Original publisher's red horizontally-ribbed cloth with covers decoratively stamped in blind with a single line border enclosing a decorative border, front cover decoratively lettered in gilt within a gilt wreath of holly leaves, spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. Original pale yellow coated endpapers. Slightly skewed, rear joint starting, hinges cracked, but sound. Slight crease and two tiny tears to the lower edge of N5 (pp. 185/186). Armorial bookplate of Robert Grey on front pastedown. A good copy.
"The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain, Dickens's last Christmas book, was published on December 19, 1848" (Smith). From the H. Barry Morris Collection.
Eckel, pp. 124-125. Gimbel A119. Smith II, 9.
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