DescriptionCharles Dickens. A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustration by John Leech. London: Chapman and 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 hand-colored green endpapers. Small octavo (6.375 x 4 inches; 164 x 103 mm.). , 166, [2, advertisements] pages. Four hand-colored steel-engraved plates (frontispiece and facing pages 52, 78 and 150) by and after John Leech and four wood-engraved text illustrations (on pages 37, 73, 119 and 164) by W. J. Linton after John Leech. Publisher's light reddish brown vertically ribbed cloth, covers decoratively stamped in blind with a single rule enclosing a decorative border of holly and ivy, front cover decoratively lettered in gilt within a wreath of holly leaves. Spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. Original pale green hand-painted endpapers. The binding matches Todd's first impression, first issue with closest interval between the blindstamped left border and the left extremity of the gilt wreath measuring 14 mm. and with the D if Dickens unbroken. Spine gently leaning; backstrip faintly dulled with some light uneven discoloration; spine ends and corners lightly worn with some mild fraying; corners softly bumped; gilt lettering and decorations just slightly worn; front board with some shallow rippling along upper edge and two tiny ink blots; rear board lightly rubbed with a small, faint blemish. Endpapers lightly worn, as usual, with evidence of previous bookplate; occasional faint foxing throughout. Near fine, a bright and unsophisticated copy. Housed in a custom chemise and clamshell case. Eckel, pp. 110-115. Smith II, 4. From the Collection of Daniel J. King.
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