THE CHRISTMAS NUMBERS FROM HOUSEHOLD WORDS (1850-1858) AND ALL THE YEAR ROUND (1859-1867), COMPLETE. The Jean Hersholt set. London: Chapman and Hall, 1850-1858; 1859-1867. Octavo, eighteen numbers, all with their original self wrappers or blue printed wrappers, sewn, as issued. First editions. The complete set comprises the nine issues from HOUSEHOLD WORDS (1850-1858) and the nine issues from ALL THE YEAR ROUND (1859-1867). The major contributors were Dickens and Collins. The highlight here for aficionados of the ghost story is the first appearance in print of Dickens's classic "No. 1 Branch Line, The Signalman." For lists of titles and contributors see Wolff 1812c-1812t and 7687b. Some light wear and chipping, a few spines split or splitting, a few repairs; overall very good or better. All numbers housed together in a custom green straight-grain morocco solander box (worn at edges, pull-off lid cracked). From the library of Jean Hersholt, with bookplate on added paper wrapper and small label on the case. Hersholt's library was sold at auction by Parke Bernet Galleries, Inc. in 1954. A superior set. Although large editions were printed, the Christmas numbers rarely survive in such admirable state. (#160996).
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