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The CHRISTMAS BOOKS. Set of 5 First Editions: Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life & The Haunted Man
London, 1848. 1st edition (' Carol' is 1st issue, 2nd state with 'Stave I', green eps & red/blue t.p. 'Chimes' - 2nd state. 'Cricket' - 2nd state advert leaf. 'Battle of Life' - 4th state of engraved title page). Cf. Eckel, pp. 110 - 125; Smith II, pp. 16-43, 59-70. The 5 volumes in their original cloth binding [Carol is Cinnamon, the remainder are Red]. Gilt stamping (Perfect "D", 13 mm). AEG. All volumes housed in a dark tan quarter leather clamshell case with light brown cloth boards. CAROL - VG+ (bright cover gilt/slight cock/minor extremity wear/clipped Dickens signature affixed to top of t.p./engraving of Dickens affixed opposite p. 1). CHIMES - VG+ to Nr Fine (bright gilt/bookplate). CRICKET: Nr Fine (bookseller ticket [Grant & Griffith / London] to front paste-down). BATTLE: VG+ (bright gilt/unobtrusive 1cm split at bottom of front joint/hinge paper starting). HAUNTED MAN: VG+ - Nr Fine (very slight lean).. 5 volumes. Illustrations by various hands including Leech, Doyle, Maclise, Tenniel, etc. Sm 8vo. A nice set for the Dickens collector. According to Eckel, 6000 cc of the CAROL 1st edition were printed, which sold quite quickly. So while not necessarily a scarce book, demand for this popular title is such that one can be assured of its continued appreciation.
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