DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol. In prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. 

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Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman and Hall,, 1886. Reprint. Foolscap octavo. pp. [viii], 166pp +[2] adverts, plus Leech's text illustrations and the 4 monochrome plates. Original binding of almost silken red cloth, decorated and titled in gilt to the same design as the earliest editions. Contents very clean and unmarked, with a faint pink mark to the bottom edge of the frontispiece, and with faint toning to the advertisement endpapers. Bookseller's small blindstamp to corner of front flyleaf. A firm and very nice, well-kept copy.
A scarce edition of Dickens classic work. A Christmas Carol "may readily be called the Bible of Christmas. It was issued about ten days before Christmas, 1843, and 6000 copies were sold on the first day. The number of reprintings have been so many that all attempts at the figures have been futile. Altogether 24 editions were issued in the original format (Eckel, 110). It was a work written at the height of Dickens's great powers, which would add to his considerable fame, bring a new work to the English language, increase the festivities at Christmastime, and contain his most eloquent protest at the condition of the poor& (John Mortimer). Suddenly conceived and written within a few weeks, [A Christmas Carol] was the first of Dickens's Christmas books (a new literary genre thus created incidentally) it was an extraordinary achievements, the one great Christmas myth of modern literature.

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