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    First Edition 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 first chapter heading, red and blue title page dated 1843, blue half-title, and green endpapers. Small octavo. [8], 166, [2, advertisements] pages. Four hand-colored steel-engraved plates and four wood-engraved text illustrations. Publisher's fine-ribbed cinnamon cloth. Covers decoratively stamped in blind with a single-line border enclosing a decorative border of holly and ivy; front cover decoratively lettered in gilt within a gilt wreath of holly leaves. Spine renewed using portion of original. All edges gilt. The binding matches Todd's first impression, second issue, first state, with the closest interval between the blindstamping left border and the left extremity of the gilt wreath measuring 13 mm. and with the upper serif of the "D" in "Dickens" within the wreath unbroken. Ownership signatures on three preliminary pages, including title page. Very good condition. [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. First edition, second state of vignette title, with "Chapman & Hall" below cloud at foot of engraved plate. Small octavo. [8], 175, [1, printer's imprint] pages. Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title with eleven wood-engraved text illustrations. Publisher's fine-ribbed red cloth. All edges gilt and endpapers in pale yellow. Rubbing to extremities. Rear joint split from head to, and through, mid-spine. Hinges cracking. Very good condition. [and:] The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1846. First edition, first state of advertisement leaf, with two-line italic heading on page [175] only. Small octavo. [8], 174, [2, advertisements] pages. Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title, with twelve wood-engraved text illustrations. Publisher's fine-ribbed red cloth. All edges gilt and endpapers in pale yellow. Rubbing to extremities. Pages mildly toned. Bookplate on front free pastedown. Very good condition. [and:] The Battle of Life. A Love Story. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First edition, fourth state of vignette title, with A Love Story etched in viny letters on a scroll carried by a cupid and without 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. Publisher's fine-ribbed red cloth. All edges gilt and endpapers in pale yellow. Rubbing to extremities. Pages mildly toned. Spine renewed using portion of original. Hinges strengthened. Small dampstain affecting upper corner of front pastedown and front free endpaper. Very good condition. [and:] The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition. Small octavo. [6], 188 pages. Bound without the initial leaf of advertisements. Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title, with fifteen wood-engraved text illustrations. Publisher's fine-ribbed red cloth. All edges gilt and endpapers in pale yellow. Rubbing to extremities. Pages mildly toned with a few scattered spots of soiling. Spine renewed using portion of original. Hinges strengthened. Bookplate. Very good condition.

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


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    A Christmas Carol. Four hand-colored steel-engraved plates, heightened with gum arabic, by and after John Leech and four wood-engraved text illustrations by W. J. Linton after John Leech.

    The Chimes. Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title by F. P. Becker after Daniel Maclise, and eleven wood-engraved text illustrations by Groves, W. J. Linton, C. Gray, and the Dalziel Brothers, after Richard Doyle, John Leech, and Clarkson Stanfield.

    The Cricket on the Hearth. Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title by John Thompson and G. Dalziel, respectively, after Daniel Maclise, and twelve wood-engraved text illustrations by Thomas Williams, G. and E. Dalziel, J. Swain, and Groves, after Richard Doyle, Clarkson Stanfield, John Leech, and Edwin Landseer.

    The Battle of Life. Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title by John Thompson after Daniel Maclise and eleven wood-engraved text illustrations by G. and E. Dalziel, Thomas Williams, and W.T. Green, after Richard Doyle, Clarkson Stanfield, Daniel Maclise, and John Leech.

    The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. Wood-engraved frontispiece and added vignette title by Martin & Corbould after John Tenniel, and fifteen wood-engraved text illustrations by Martin & Corbould, Thomas Williams, Smith & Cheltnam, and the Dalziel Brothers, after John Tenniel, Clarkson Stanfield, Frank Stone, and John Leech.

    Eckel, pages 110-115, 116-118, 119-120, 121-123, and 124-125. Gimbel A79, A86, A92, A116, and A119. Smith II, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9.





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