DICKENS, CHARLES A complete set of first editions of the Christmas Books.
5 vols. 12mo, original cloth (light wear to edges and extremities), custom red cloth clamshell case with gilt-lettered black leather spine label, comprising:
A Christmas Carol, in Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. 12mo, first state binding ("D" intact, 14mm margin), half-title printed in blue, title-page printed in red and blue, verso printed in blue, hand-colored etched frontispiece and three hand-colored etched plates by John Leech, four wood-engravings in-text by W.J. Linton after Leech, 2pp. publisher's advertisements at the end. First edition, second impression per Smith, first impression, first issue per Todd YB43c (yellow endpapers, blue and red title-page, 1843 date, Stave One, remainder of text unrevised per Todd, also all per Scott save p.21, ln. 22, see supplement Table I Scott), one of three combinations that per Todd do not recur in the later issue, order 2 per Todd (no priority, outer b1 inner a1), sewers' mark "12" and line to verso of ad leaf and recto rear endpaper, and with one of five points noted in VanderPoel (space between sentences p.127, ln. 22, is 4mm). Text block slightly shifted; very light wear to cloth and a few intermittent brown spots; otherwise fine.
The Chimes. A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In. London: Chapman and Hall, 1845. 12mo, original red cloth, yellow endpapers, a.e.g., advertisement, half-title, engraved frontispiece and first state vignette title page. First edition, first issue, with internal flaws per Smith (save "h" p.166, some copies). Inner hinges cracked; corners and spine ends bumped; bookplate tipped in front pastedown.
The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1846. 12mo, original red cloth, yellow endpapers, a.e.g., half-title, frontispiece and vignette title page, first state ad leaf. First edition, first issue, with internal flaws (save p.iv and 79, some copies). Front inner hinge cracked; manuscript inscription to title page.
The Battle of Life. A Love Story. 12mo, original red cloth, yellow endpapers, a.e.g., half-title, advertisements, frontispiece and second state vignette title page [Todd C2, Eckel 2]. First edition, with four internal flaws per Smith. Light intermittent spotting.
The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. 12mo, original red cloth, yellow endpapers, a.e.g., advertisements, frontispiece and vignette title page. First edition, with internal flaws noted per Smith (save pp.iv and 122, some copies). Offsetting from inserted slip pp.18-19, 104-105, 158-159, verso of ad.
Estimate $ 8,000-12,000
Property from a Private Chicago-area Collection
Literature: Smith II, 4-6, 8, 9; Eckel, pp. 110-115; Todd, The Book Collector, Winter 1961, pp. 449-454; VanderPoel B356 (1-10)
DICKENS, CHARLES. Complete set of Christmas Books. 5 vols. First editions.