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    Complete Set of Dickens' Christmas Books

    Charles Dickens. Five Christmas Books, including: 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. Original endpapers not present. Small octavo. [8], 166 pages (no ads). Four hand-colored steel-engraved plates, heightened with gum arabic and four wood-engraved text illustrations. [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 [i.e. December 1844]. First edition, second state of the vignette title, with "Chapman & Hall" centered below the cloud. Small octavo. [8], 175, [1, printer's imprint] pages. Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title with eleven wood-engraved text illustrations. [and:] 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 page [175] reset to three following the added heading "New Edition of Oliver Twist." Small octavo. [8], 174, [2, advertisements] pages. Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title, with twelve wood-engraved text illustrations. [and:] 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 vinyl letters on a scroll carried by a cupid and without the Bradbury & Evans imprint. Small octavo. [8], 175, [1, printer's imprint] pages (no ads). Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title, with eleven wood-engraved text illustrations. [and:] The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition. Small octavo. [8], 188 pages. Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title, with fifteen wood-engraved text illustrations.

    Uniformly bound in sumptuous red crushed levant morocco with gilt spine titles inside five raised bands. Inner covers decoratively tooled with designs unique to each title and double-ruled borders in gilt. Marbled endpapers. Top edges gilt. Moderate wear and soiling to the bindings. Corners and edges rubbed. Spines darkened. Some very occasional faint foxing or soiling. Spine rebacked on A Christmas Carol. Hinges starting on The Chimes, and with front endpapers detached. Boards partially detached on The Cricket on the Hearth. Front cover of The Battle of Life almost completely detached. Rear cover starting. Endpapers and vignette title leaf detached. Endpapers and vignette title leaf detached on The Haunted Man. All in all, a very good set of Dickens' wondrous holiday works.

    Eckel. Gimbel A79, A86, A92, A116, and A119.


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