First Collected Edition Of The Five "Christmas Books"
DICKENS, Charles. Christmas Books. London: Chapman and Hall , 1852.
First collected edition of the five "Christmas books" and first appearance of this Preface. Octavo (7 1/2 x 5 inches; 188 x 125 mm). [i-iv], [1-3]4-266, [1, publisher's ads], [1, blank] pp. Inserted frontispiece, "Mr. Fezziwig's Ball," after John Leech’s original design for the frontispiece of the first edition of A Christmas Carol.

Original publisher's green vertical-ribbed cloth, decoratively paneled in blind, spine decorated and lettered in gilt. Original pale yellow coated endpapers. Spine slightly faded, covers slightly discolored. Spine ends just starting to fray. Text generally clean throughout. Very small bookseller stamp in blind on front free endpaper. Overall very good.

Part of "The Cheap Edition of Charles Dickens," this volume comprises A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man, originally published in separate book editions from 1843 through 1848.

Gimbel D5 notes.

HBS # 67902 $750