Lot 74: DICKENS, CHARLES. A Christmas Carol.

Swann Auction Galleries

November 10, 2016
New York, NY, US

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Description: DICKENS, CHARLES. A Christmas Carol. Hand-colored etched frontispiece and three plates by John Leech, four wood engravings in the text by W.J. Linton after Leech. Half-title printed in blue, title-page printed in red and blue, verso printed in blue, 2 page publisher's advertisement at end, yellow coated endpapers. 8vo, original vertically-ribbed brown cloth, all edges gilt, spine and front cover gilt-stamped, spine with minimal uniform discoloration, corners lightly bumped; Charles Ogden bookplate and discreet bookseller's label to front pastedown, small inked numeral to front free endpaper, otherwise contents clean with colors bright. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843
Notes: a superlative copy of the first edition, second issue with "Stave One" as the first chapter heading, and balance of text uncorrected. With Todd's first binding state (the closest interval between blind decorative border on the left and the left extremity of the gilt cartouche measuring 14-15 mm and the "D" of Dickens unbroken).
"Dickens' changes of mind [regarding the production] led to a period in December of 1843 when there were on hand at the printers and the binders different endpapers, title-pages, half-titles and text pages already printed, though not yet cased--a situation that led to copies going out with mixed features" (Lee Biondi, Firsts, September 1997, p. 30). Eckel pp.110-115; Smith II:4.
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