(#173057) A CHRISTMAS CAROL. IN PROSE. BEING A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS ... With Illustrations by John Leech. Charles Dickens.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL. IN PROSE. BEING A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS ... With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 186, Strand, MDCCCXLIII [1843]. Small octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-166 [167-168: ads], eight illustrations by John Leech including four hand-colored steel engravings, publisher's decorated vertically ribbed brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and blind, rear panel stamped in blind, all edges gilt, light green coated endpapers. First edition, first printing, first issue, second state. An early copy. The green endpapers were colored before any book was bound (Dickens rejected these endpapers), but the yellow endpapers were first used in bound copies. William B. Todd (The Book Collector, 1961) dismisses any ordering of the states because of the simultaneous use of of various combinations of stereotype plates, and contends that the location of the gilt wreath on the front cover, stamped by a single machine, provides evidence of priority. The brass for the gilt leaf shifted slightly to the left and soon developed an imperfection. This binding is Todd's "first impression, first issue." Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-43. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 2-31. In 333. Spine lean, wear to cloth at spine ends and corners with shallow loss at upper spine end, several small spots on rear cover, a very good copy. A very nice copy. (#173057).

Price: $25,000.00

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