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Dickens, Charles
The Battle of Life. A Love Story
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Illustrated by Richard Doyle, John Leech and several others. First edition, fourth vignette title page. Original publisher's red gilt lettered and decorated cloth, decorated in blind, all edges gilt. A very good or better copy with mild rubbing to the edges, light wear to the corners and faint spotting; internally, very clean and fresh. The Battle of Life if the fourth book of five in Dickens' Christmas Books series and the only book to not have the religious or supernatural elements of the other books. Each novel in the Christmas Books series is marked by a strong moral and social message, the transformation of a hardened character to a more caring individual, and, of course, the holiday season. Unusual for Dickens, all of The Christmas Books were published first as novels without prior serial publication. Additionally, they are all illustrated in black and white, with the exception of A Christmas Carol, which contains plates with color illustrations. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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