Item #68729 Christmas Books. Charles DICKENS.
Christmas Books
Christmas Books
Christmas Books
Christmas Books

A Fine Set of Dickens' Christmas Books in Original Cloth

Christmas Books. A Christmas Carol [With:] The Chimes. [And:] The Cricket on the Hearth. [And:] The Battle of Life. [And:] The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain.

London: Chapman & Hall, 1843.

A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843.

First edition, first issue: i.e., "Stave I"; text entirely uncorrected; blue half-title and red and blue title. Small octavo (6 1/2 x 4 inches; 165 x 105 mm). [viii], [1]2-166, [2, publisher's advertisements] pp. Four inserted hand-colored steel-engraved plates by and after Leech and four black and white text wood-engravings by W.J. Linton after Leech. With two pages of publisher's advertisements. Original green-coated endpapers.

Original cinnamon vertically-ribbed cloth. Covers decoratively stamped in blind, front cover and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. With previous owner’s bookplate. Overall about fine.

[Together with:]

The Chimes. A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In. London: Chapman and Hall, 1845 [i.e., December 1844].

First edition. Small octavo (6 1/2 x 4 inches; 165 x 105 mm). [vi], [1]2-175, [1, colophon] pp. First state additional engraved title and frontispiece after Daniel Maclise, by F.P. Becker. Eleven in-text black and white illustrations after Doyle, Leech, and Stanfield. With publisher's advertisement.

Original deep red, vertically ribbed cloth binding. Covers decoratively stamped in blind, front cover and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. Pale yellow endpapers. Previous owner's signature on front flyleaf. Overall about fine.

[With:]

The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home. London: Printed and Published for the Author, by Bradbury and Evans, 1846 [i.e., December 1845].

First edition, first issue. Small octavo (6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches; 166 x 105 mm). [viii], [1]2-174, [2 publisher's advertisements] pp. Engraved title and frontispiece after Daniel Maclise, by G. Dalziel. Twelve in-text black and white illustrations by various artists chiefly after John Leech. With the first state of the final leaf of publisher's advertisements for the new edition of "Oliver Twist."

Original vertically-ribbed red cloth, covers blocked in blind, front cover and spine lettered and pictorially stamped in gilt, pale yellow endpapers, all edges gilt. Same previous owner's signature on front fly leaf. Overall about fine.

[With:]

The Battle of Life. A Love Story. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First edition, later issue as usual. Small octavo (6 1/2 x 4 inches; 165 x 105 mm). [viii], [1]-175, [1, colophon], [2, publisher's advertisements] pp. With Eckel's fourth state engraved title and frontispiece after Maclise by Thompson. Eleven in-text black and white illustrations after Maclise, Doyle, Stanfield and Leech. Final leaf of publisher's advertisements for "Dombey and Son."

Original horizontally-ribbed red cloth, covers blocked in blind, front cover and spine lettered and pictorially stamped in gilt, pale yellow endpapers, all edges gilt. Same previous owner's signature on front fly leaf. Overall about fine.

[And:]

The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848.

First edition. Small octavo (6 1/2 x 4 inches; 165 x 105 mm). [8], [1]2-188 pp. With leaf of publisher's advertisements for "Works by Mr. Dickens" bound at the front. Additional pictorial frontispiece and title after Tenniel by Martin & Corbould. Fifteen in-text black and white illustrations after Leech, Stone, Stanfield and Tenniel.

Original horizontally-ribbed red cloth, covers blocked in blind, front cover and spine lettered and pictorially stamped in gilt, pale yellow endpapers, all edges gilt. Same previous owner's signature on front fly leaf. Overall about fine.

All five titles housed together in a custom quarter morocco clamshell.

Gimbel. Hatton and Cleaver,. Smith, Dickens,.

HBS 68729.

$40,000.

Price: $40,000.00

Item #68729