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    Charles Dickens. [Christmas Books], comprising: A Christmas Carol. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition, first issue, with text uncorrected, "Stave I" as first chapter heading, red and blue title-page dated 1843, blue half-title, and yellow endpapers. [8], 166, [2, ads] pages. Four hand-colored steel-engraved plates and four wood-engraved text illustrations. [Together with:] The Chimes. London: Chapman and Hall, 1845. First edition. [8], 175, [1, printer's imprint] pages. Steel-engraved frontispiece and vignette title, and eleven wood-engraved text illustrations. [And:] The Cricket on the Hearth. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1846. First edition, second state of Oliver Twist advertisement. [8], 174, [2, ads] pages. Wood-engraved frontispiece and vignette title, and twelve wood-engraved text illustrations. [And:] The Battle of Life. London: Bradbury & Evans 1846. First edition, second state of the vignette title (Todd C2, Eckel 2). [8], 175, [1, printer's imprint], [2, ads] pages. Wood-engraved frontispiece and vignette title, and eleven wood-engraved text illustrations. [And:] The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition. [8], 188 pages. Wood-engraved frontispiece and vignette title on toned grounds, and fifteen woodcut text illustrations. Together five small octavo volumes, in the original cloth decoratively stamped in gilt and blind, all edges gilt. Occasional wear and soiling; front hinge of Christmas Carol cracked; bookplate at front pastedown of Cricket and The Haunted Man; ownership signature in The Battle of Life. A very appealing set in very good condition. Housed individually in green straight-grain morocco pull-off top cases lettered in gilt with rubbing at edges and spine.

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