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    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.


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