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DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843.
8o (163 x 100 mm). 4 hand-colored etched plates by John Leech, 4 wood engravings in text by W. J. Linton after Leech. (Some scattered pale foxing.) Original gilt-decorated brown cloth, edges gilt, light green endpapers (front inner hinge cracked, spine a bit cocked, light wear to extremities); quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Theodore P. Walker (bookplate in slipcase).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, title-page printed in red and blue, half-title and verso of title-leaf printed in blue, "Stave I" on page , and green endpapers. 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), pp. 271-317; Eckel, p. 110; Sadleir 684; Smith II:4.
[Tipped to half-title:] DICKENS. Autograph letter signed ("Charles Dickens" with paraph), TO JOHN LEECH, Devonshire Terrace, "Saturday." A LETTER FROM THE AUTHOR TO THE ILLUSTRATOR: "Your note has only just come (6 o'clock), and I am engaged this evening. But I will come round to you tomorrow at 3 in the afternoon."