27 April 2005
DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. London: by Bradbury and Evans for Chapman and Hall, 1843.
8o. Half-title printed in blue, title printed in red and blue with woodcut border and holly-sprig ornament. Hand-colored etched frontispiece and 3 plates by and after John Leech, woodcut illustrations by W. J. Linton after Leech. Original gilt- and blind-stamped decorative cloth (minor wear to spine ends, slight fading to spine); red quarter morocco slipcase.
FIRST EDITION, second state, with the text captioned "STAVE I," all the uncorrected textual points noted by Smith save that on p.21. The cloth is the first impression, second issue, first state, with 12-13mm. interval between gilt and blind stamping and perfect 'D'. Eckel pp.110-115 ("third issue"); Smith Dickens II, 4.
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