THE HAUNTED MAN AND THE GHOST'S BARGAIN. A FANCY FOR CHRISTMAS-TIME ... Copyright Edition. Leipzig: Bernh. Tauchnitz Jun., 1848. Small octavo, pp. [1-4]  2-131 [132: printer's imprint], nineteenth-century three quarter black calf and marbled boards, spine panel tooled in gold and blind, brown leather title label affixed to spine panel, cream endpapers. First European edition, first printing. The Tauchnitz edition was published simultaneously with the London edition of Bradbury & Evans on 19 December 1848. Dickens's fifth and final Christmas book and the second of his two short ghost novels. "The most unusual and ambitious of all the Victorian moralistic fantasies, awkward because it does not quite fit its format: a flawed masterpiece." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-44. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 534. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, pp. 268-9. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 126. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 184. Bleiler (1978), p. 61. Reginald 04329. Todd and Bowden A9a. Bound without the half title leaf, calf rubbed at edges, else a very good copy. This edition is uncommon. (#90316).
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