First Edition, First Issue, of Dickens’s “Christmas Carol”
DICKENS, Charles. Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. London: Chapman & Hall , 1843.
First edition, first issue: i.e., “Stave I”; text entirely uncorrected; blue half-title; red and blue title. Small octavo. [8], 166, [2, ads] pp. Four hand-colored steel-engraved plates by and after Leech and four wood-engraved text illustrations by W.J. Linton after Leech.

Original cinnamon vertically-ribbed cloth. Covers decoratively stamped in blind, front cover and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, mint green endpapers. With the smallest interval between blindstamped border and gilt wreath on the left margin equal to 15 mm., but with the upper serif of the “D” in “Dickens” broken. Cloth bumped and shows some wear on top and bottom of spine, top of spine with two small closed tears. Book has been almost invisibly recased. Chemised and housed in a quarter red morocco slipcase with gilt spine lettering. Overall, an excellent copy of this beloved tale.

Smith II, 4.

HBS # 67587 $10,500