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A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman and Hall, 1843
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Dickens, Charles., A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman and Hall, 1843\n12mo (163 x 103mm.), first edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by Dickens to his close friend W.C. Macready on New Year's Day 1844 ("W.C. Macready. | From his affectionate friend | Charles Dickens | New Year's Day 1844"), Todd's second issue, first state, with 12-13mm. between closest points of blindstamping and gold wreath on upper cover and the "D" of "Dickens" unbroken, with uncorrected text, engraved frontispiece and 3 plates coloured by hand and 4 woodcuts in the text all by John Leech, "Stave One" on p.1, red and blue title page, half-title and verso of title printed in blue, pale yellow endpapers, 2pp. of advertisements at the end, original cinammon vertically-waved cloth, stamped in blind and gilt, all edges gilt, preserved in quarter green morocco folding box, a few small light spots to text, minutest wear to corners of binding, otherwise a virtually pristine copy
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12mo (163 x 103mm.), first edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by Dickens to his close friend W.C. Macready on New Year's Day 1844 ("W.C. Macready. | From his affectionate friend | Charles Dickens | New Year's Day 1844"), Todd's second issue, first state, with 12-13mm. between closest points of blindstamping and gold wreath on upper cover and the "D" of "Dickens" unbroken, with uncorrected text, engraved frontispiece and 3 plates coloured by hand and 4 woodcuts in the text all by John Leech, "Stave One" on p.1, red and blue title page, half-title and verso of title printed in blue, pale yellow endpapers, 2pp. of advertisements at the end, original cinammon vertically-waved cloth, stamped in blind and gilt, all edges gilt, preserved in quarter green morocco folding box, a few small light spots to text, minutest wear to corners of binding, otherwise a virtually pristine copy

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12mo (163 x 103mm.), first edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by Dickens to his close friend W.C. Macready on New Year's Day 1844 ("W.C. Macready. | From his affectionate friend | Charles Dickens | New Year's Day 1844"), Todd's second issue, first state, with 12-13mm. between closest points of blindstamping and gold wreath on upper cover and the "D" of "Dickens" unbroken, with uncorrected text, engraved frontispiece and 3 plates coloured by hand and 4 woodcuts in the text all by John Leech, "Stave One" on p.1, red and blue title page, half-title and verso of title printed in blue, pale yellow endpapers, 2pp. of advertisements at the end, original cinammon vertically-waved cloth, stamped in blind and gilt, all edges gilt, preserved in quarter green morocco folding box, a few small light spots to text, minutest wear to corners of binding, otherwise a virtually pristine copy

literature

Smith II:4; Calhoon & Heaney, Appendix III, "The Known Presentation Copies of the Carol", presentation copy no.16

provenance

William Charles Macready, presentation inscription to him by the author on New Year's Day 1844, the book dispatched by Dickens to Macready, then on tour in America, by Steam Packet: see Dickens's letter to Macready of 3 January 1844 ("I have sent you, to the charge of our trusty and well-beloved Colden, a little book published on the 17th of December, and which has been a prodigious success - the greatest, I think I have ever achieved. It pleases me to think it will bring you Home for an hour or two..."; The Letters of Charles Dickens. Volume Four 1844-1846, ed. Tillotson, Oxford 1977, p.12); the New York book collector Ogden Goelet, acquired after Macready's death in 1873; the American collector N.A. Kneirr, bought at the sale of Goelet's library, New York, 3 and 4 January 1935, lot 121 ("in superb condition"); anonymous American collector, acquired c.1982


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