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A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.
London: Chapman & Hall 1843 - First edition, first issue, Gimbel's second state (Smith's first state) with the title page printed in blue and red and "Stave I" to page [1], with much of the text corrected. Finely bound in full green calf by Riviere (Bayntun), with five raised bands to the spine, contrasting red and black morocco title labels lettered in gilt, spine compartments decorated with holly leaves in gilt, boards with decorative modern red, black, and green morocco onlay with gilt circular devices, boards and board edges ruled in gilt, gilt turn-ins, green marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Near fine, with a hint of rubbing to the spine ends, minor toning to the spine, spine cracked and holding at the title page, light staining to the bottom edges of the last few leaves of the text block, otherwise clean interior. Smith II, 4. This copy of A Christmas Carol primarily conforms with what Gimbel calls the second state of the first edition. Specifically, it has the title page printed in red and blue and dated 1843, the half-title and title page verso printed in blue, and the preferred state of page [1] with "Stave I." The text has most of the corrections found in the second and third editions, although a few points are uncorrected. A Christmas Carol is a classic Victorian novel about the cold-hearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who has little compassion for others, even at Christmastime. The text, which is divided into five "staves" instead of chapters to keep with A Christmas Carol's musical theme, tells the story of how Scrooge is transformed after being visited by three specters- the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. Notably, A Christmas Carol was so popular that it inspired Dickens to write four subsequent novels, each of which is similarly 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. The series, now known collectively as The Christmas Books, also includes The Chimes (1845), The Cricket on the Hearth (1846), The Battle of Life (1846), and The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain (1848). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA]
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