• The William E. Self Library, I auction at Christies

    Sale 2153

    The William E. Self Library, Important English and American Literature

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 72

    DICKENS, Charles. [CHRISTMAS BOOKS]. London, 1843-1848. A complete set of FIRST EDITIONS, comprising:

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    DICKENS, Charles. [CHRISTMAS BOOKS]. London, 1843-1848. A complete set of FIRST EDITIONS, comprising:

    A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. London: Bradbury and Evans for Chapman and Hall, 1843. Half-title printed in blue, title printed in red and gold [variant]. Hand-colored etched frontispiece and 3 plates by and after John Leech, woodcut illustrations by W. J. Linton after Leech. FIRST EDITION, "Stave One." Eckel pp.110-115; Smith II:4.

    The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In. London: Bradbury and Evans for Chapman and Hall, 1845 [but 1844]. Half-title. Etched frontispiece and additional title by F.P. Becker after Daniel Maclise, woodcut illustrations by Groves, W.J. Linton, C. Gray, and Dalziel Brothers after Richard Doyle, John Leech and Clarkson Stanfield. FIRST EDITION, second state of the additional title. Eckel pp.116-118; Smith II:5.

    The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home. London: Bradbury and Evans for the Author, 1846 [but 1845]. Half-title. Etched frontispiece and additional title by Thompson and G. Dalziel respectively after Daniel Maclise, woodcut illustrations by G. and E. Dalziel, Thomas Williams, John Thompson, J. Swain and Groves after Richard Doyle, Clarkson Stanfield, John Leech, and Edwin Landseer. FIRST EDITION, second state of the Oliver Twist advertisement leaf. Eckel pp.119-120; Smith II:6.

    The Battle of Life. A Love Story. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Half-title. Etched frontispiece and additional title by John Thompson after Daniel Maclise, woodcut illustrations by G. and E. Dalziel, Thomas Williams and W.T. Green after Richard Doyle, Clarkson Stanfield, John Leech, and Maclise. FIRST EDITION, fourth state of the additional title. Eckel pp.121-123; Smith Dickens II:8.

    The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1848. Half-title. Etched frontispiece and additional title on toned grounds by Martin & Corbould after John Tenniel, woodcut illustrations by Martin & Corbould, Thomas Williams, Smith & Cheltnam, and Dalziel after Tenniel, Clarkson Stanfield, Frank Stone, and John Leech. FIRST EDITION. Eckel pp.124-125; Smith Dickens II:9.

    Together five volumes, 8o (159 x 111 mm). Uniformly bound in red morocco, spines in six compartments, gilt-lettered in two, edges gilt, slipcase, original gilt- and blind-stamped decorative cloth covers and spines laid down and bound in at the end of each volume, the Christmas Carol cloth is the first issue, with 14 mm distance between the blind-stamped left margin and the left extremity of the gilt wreath, the "D" in Dickens unbroken. (5)


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