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Christmas Carol, A
, 1915. 1915. first edition. The First Trade EditionIn The Original Printed Dust Jacket[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: William Heinemann, 1915. First trade edition, variant first issue with color frontispiece mounted on white paper (instead of green). Verso of title-page dated 1915. Small quarto (7 3/4 x 5 7/8 in; 198 x 143 mm). x, [4], 147, [1, blank] pp. Twelve color plates and twenty drawings in black and white. Original olive green cloth with pictorial stamping and lettering in dark green. Pictorial endpapers. Spine very slightly faded otherwise a near fine copy. In the original pictorial gray paper dust jacket printed in red and green. Jacket with early tape repairs to verso with bleed-through at spine head and foot, 3/8 inch chip at spine foot, otherwise excellent."He [Rackham] is not usually remembered as an illustrator of Dickens, but A Christmas Carol (1915) was decidedly successful, for he contrived to adapt the tradition of 'Phiz' and Cruikshank to his own characteristic style in the pictures of Victorian London and at the same time found scope for his fantasy in the ghost scenes. We also find him here developing his special talent for silhouette, rare among illustrators…" (Derek Hudson. Arthur Rackham, p. 106).Latimore and Haskell pp. 44-45. Riall pp. 124-125.
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