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    A Finely Bound Set of First Editions of Dickens's Five Christmas Books

    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 (6.375 x 4 inches; 162 x 100 mm.). [8], 166, [2, advertisements] pp. Four hand-colored steel-engraved plates, heightened with gum arabic, by and after John Leech and four wood-engraved text illustrations by W. J. Linton after John Leech.

    [Together with:]

    Charles Dickens.
    The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In. London: Chapman and Hall, 1845 [i.e., December 1844].

    First edition, first state of the vignette title, with "Chapman & Hall" centered and curved in the cloud at the foot of the engraved plate. Small octavo (6.4375 x 4.0625 inches; 164 x 103 mm.). [8], 175, [1, printer's imprint] pages. Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title by F. P. Becker after Daniel Maclise, and eleven wood-engraved text illustrations by Groves, W. J. Linton, C. Gray, and the Dalziel Brothers, after Richard Doyle, John Leech, and Clarkson Stanfield.

    [And:]

    Charles Dickens.
    The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home. London: Printed and Published for the Author, by Bradbury and Evans, 1846 [i.e., December 1845].

    First edition, second state of the advertisement leaf, with the two-line italic heading on p. [175] reset to three following the added heading "New Edition of Oliver Twist." Small octavo (6.4375 x 4.0625 inches; 164 x 103 mm.). [8], 174, [2, advertisements] pp. Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title by John Thompson and G. Dalziel, respectively, after Daniel Maclise, and twelve wood-engraved text illustrations by Thomas Williams, G. and E. Dalziel, J. Swain, and Groves, after Richard Doyle, Clarkson Stanfield, John Leech, and Edwin Landseer.

    [And:]

    Charles Dickens.
    The Battle of Life. A Love Story. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846.

    First edition, fourth state of the vignette title (Todd E1, Eckel 4), with "A Love Story" etched in viny letters on a scroll carried by a cupid and without the Bradbury & Evans imprint. Small octavo (6.4375 x 4.0625 inches; 164 x 103 mm.). [8], 175, [1, printer's imprint], [2, advertisements] pp. Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title by John Thompson after Daniel Maclise and eleven wood-engraved text illustrations by G. and E. Dalziel, Thomas Williams, and W.T. Green, after Richard Doyle, Clarkson Stanfield, Daniel Maclise, and John Leech.

    [And:]

    Charles Dickens.
    The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848.

    First edition. Small octavo (6.4375 x 4.0625 inches; 164 x 103 mm.). [6], 188 pp. Bound without the initial leaf of advertisements. 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.

    Uniformly bound by Bayntun of Bath (stamp-signed in gilt on the front turn-in) in full deep red crushed levant morocco. Covers with gilt single-fillet border enclosing three gilt dots in each corner, spines decoratively panelled and lettered in gilt in compartments with five raised bands ruled in blind on either side of the band, the blind rules extending onto the covers and ending in three leaves, board edges and turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt, all edges gilt. Each volume with the original cloth covers and spine bound in at the end. A Christmas Carol with the original green-coated endpapers bound in.

    Some very occasional faint foxing or soiling. A Christmas Carol with a short tear to the outer margin of the frontispiece and a tiny tear to the outer margin of the title. The Chimes with a tiny hole in the blank outer margin of the list of illustrations (pp. [vii-viii]). The Cricket on the Hearth with a small paper repair to the outer blank margin of D4 (pp. 39/40). The Haunted Man with a short tear to the lower margin of L1 (pp. 145/146), just touching the lower corner of the wood engraving. Otherwise this finely bound set is in excellent condition. The five volumes are housed together in a full burgundy morocco pull-off case lettered in gilt on the spine. From the H. Barry Morris Collection.

    Eckel, pp. 110-115, 116-118, 119-120, 121-123, and 124-125. Gimbel A79, A86, A92, A116, and A119. Smith II, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9.


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