The First Edition, First Issue of the Dickens ClassicCharles 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. , 166, [2, advertisements] pages. Four hand-colored steel-engraved plates (frontispiece and plates facing pages 25, 78, and 150) 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.
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. The binding matches Todd's first impression, second issue, first state, with the closest interval between the blindstamping left border and the left extremity of the gilt wreath measuring 13 mm. and with the upper serif of the "D" in "Dickens" within the wreath unbroken.
Cloth is lightly rubbed with lower front corner beginning to fray. Spine is mildly darkened and leaning slightly. Gilt on front and spine is lightly rubbed. A bookplate appears to have been gently removed from the front pastedown. The front hinge is beginning to split. Clean internally, with only minor toning. Housed in a custom slipcase with a gilt stamped chemise. A very good copy.
Eckel, pp. 110-115. Gimbel A79. Smith II, 4.
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