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    Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustration by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition, second issue (as per Smith); first edition, third state (as per Gimbel) ("Stave One" with text uncorrected); small fragment (3.5 x 2.5 inches; 89 x 63 mm.) of an envelope addressed in Dickens's hand, and signed by him, mounted to the front free endpaper. Small octavo (6.5 x 4 inches; 163 x 102 mm.). [viii], 166, [2, ads] pages; hand-colored frontispiece and three hand-colored plates inserted throughout; four black and white illustrations. Title-page printed in blue and red. Yellow-coated endleaves. Publisher's first impression, second issue, first state binding of full reddish-brown vertically-ribbed cloth, boards decoratively ruled in blind, front board with gilt central title, spine stamped in gilt. All edges gilt. Headcap of spine professionally strengthened; some mild restoration to spine tailcap; both boards professionally re-hinged; boards rubbed; corners a bit bumped and worn; some soiling to binding; previous owner's gift inscription on front free endpaper above the mounted envelope; some tape residue and mild soiling to both free endleaves; some light soiling to front pastedown; some rubbing to rear pastedown; some intermittent foxing and thumbsoiling in text, some offsetting from inserted plates. Binding skewed. Still, a very good copy. Housed in quarter brown morocco clamshell case. Smith II, 4. Gimbel (The Earliest State of the First Edition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, 1956). From the James C. Seacrest Collection.

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