2 April 2008
DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843.
8o (163 x 102 mm). 2-page publisher's advertisements at end. Hand-colored etched frontispiece and three plates by John Leech, four wood-engravings in the text by W.J. Linton after Leech. Half-title printed in blue, title-page printed in red and blue, verso printed in blue. (One or two spots.) Original rose-brown fine-ribbed cloth, covers with decorative blind border surrounding central gilt cartouche and lettering on upper, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, yellow endpapers [Todd first impression, first issue binding variant] (spine lightly faded, one or two small marks to lower cover); quarter red morocco gilt slipcase. Provenance: Kenyon Starling (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, second issue with, "Stave One" as the first chapter heading, balance of text uncorrected, blue and red title-page dated 1843, yellow endpapers, with the earliest state of the binding (the closest interval between blind decorative border on the left and the left extremity of the gilt cartouche measuring 14mm and the "D" of Dickens perfect). Philo Calhoun and Howell J. Heaney, "Dickens' Christmas Carol After a Hundred Years: A Study in Bibliographical Evidence," in: Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 39 (Fourth Quarter, 1945); Eckel, p. 110; Smith II:4. AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE AND UNUSUALLY BRIGHT COPY.
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