DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham and Bound by Bayntun-Riviere

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London: William Heinemann, 1962. Demy octavo. pp. xi, 147. Bound by Bayntun-Riviere (name stamped on endpaper) in full crimson morocco. Covers framed by double gilt fillets with gilt ivy leaves in centre of upper cover. Spine divided into six panels by five gilt raised bands, title and illustrator in gilt on navy blue and green morocco labels in the second and third, the remainder tooled in gilt to a centre-and-corner design; board-edges and turn-ins gilt; splash marbled endpapers; red and gold endbands; all edges gilt. Afine copy in a superb Bayntun-Riviere binding.

Dickens was not quite thirty-two when the idea of the Christmas Carol first occurred to him at Manchester. It was published just before Christmas 1843. It does not read like the book of a young man; still less like the book of an author who was suffering at the hands of the critics and at the misgivings of his publishers.

Worked at in the beginning only at odd moments won from another task, the story as it grew obtained a mastery over its author: “He wept over it, and laughed, and wept again, and excited himself to an extraordinary degree, and … walked thinking of it fifteen and twenty miles about the black streets of London, many and many a night, after all sober folks had gone to bed” – Forster’s Life of Charles Dickens.

The story had an immediate success, and has never lost its hold upon the public. “Who”, said Thackeray “can listen to objections regarding such a book as this?. It seems to me a national benefit, and to every man or woman who reads it a personal kindness”.

With 12 illustrations in colour and 20 in black and white.

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