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    A First Edition Set of Dickens' Christmas Books, Finely Bound by Bayntun-Riviere

    Charles Dickens. First Edition Set of His 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, and one green endpaper (bound in rear). Small octavo. [8], 166, [2, advertisements] pages. 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, first state of the vignette title, with "Chapman & Hall" centered and curved in the cloud at the foot of the engraved plate. 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, second issue of the vignette title, with "A Love Story" etched in a simple scroll and with the Bradbury & Evans imprint. Small octavo. [8], 175, [1, printer's imprint], [2, advertisements] pages. 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. [viii], 188 pages, including the initial leaf of advertisements. Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title, with fifteen wood-engraved text illustrations.

    Uniformly bound by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath (stamp-signed in gilt on the front turn-in) in full deep red crushed levant morocco. Covers with gilt single-fillet border and elaborate floral framing device with a gilt image of Dickens in the center (two volumes with young Dickens, three volumes with an image of a more aged author), spines decoratively paneled with floral devices and lettered in gilt in compartments with five raised bands ruled in gilt on either side of the band, 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.

    Minimal fading to the spine of The Battle of Life. Very occasional faint foxing. Short tear to the outer margin of B2 of The Haunted Man. Otherwise, this finely bound set is in excellent condition. The five volumes are housed together in a red custom cloth slipcase.

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

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