London: Chapman and Hall [from 1843], 1852. First Edition thus. Decorative Cloth. First English Collected Edition of Dickens's five Christmas stories, with new preface, in which Dickens describes his motivation for writing the Christmas books: "to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts, never out of season in a Christian land." Crown 8vo (189 x 124mm): ,266,pp, with tissue-guarded frontispiece after Leech and final advertisement leaf. Original olive green cloth, covers blocked in blind, spine stamped and lettered in gilt, plain pale yellow end papers. Spine lightened a degree or two, lightly spotted frontispiece and title page, but a superb copy, tightly bound and clean throughout, with bright gilt. Jarndyce 376-78. VanderPoel B430. Gimbel 87-89. Grolier (Dickens), pp. 127-28. Fine-. Item #BB2574
Final volume of the first Cheap Issue of the Works of Charles Dickens. Beginning in 1847, with the Pickwick Papers, the Cheap Editions were the first systematic reissuing of Dickens's works, each with a new preface by the author. They were issued both in weekly and monthly formats, as well as in single volumes, as here, printed in double columns and illustrated solely with a frontispiece. The first edition of Dickens’s classic Christmas story, A Christmas Carol, was published in 1843, followed by The Chimes (1844), The Cricket on the Hearth (1845), The Battle of Life (1846), and The Haunted Man (1848). John Wiley, in New York, published the first collected edition of these stories in 1849, three years before this London edition. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).