Dickens' most beloved tale of redemption and generosity
A Christmas Carol
London: Chapman and Hall, 1843. Third edition.Apparent third edition, but the edition statement effaced from the title page (with slight tear through the leaf). Blue font on the half-title and red and blue font for the title. Small octavo, collating: [viii], 166. Four inserted hand-colored steel-engraved plates by and after Leech and four black and white text wood-engravings by W.J. Linton after Leech. Rebound by Period Binders in full green crushed morocco, gilt rules on the boards and spine compartments, top edge gilt, marbled end papers. Blue catalogue description for the MS of A Christmas Carol bound in with the front matter. A handsome copy overall.
Dickens' most beloved Christmas story of Ebenezer Scrooge's redemption after being visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve. Scrooge is made to see the dangers and consequences of his miserly ways and awakens the following morning infused with the spirit of Christmas giving. “A tale to make the reader laugh and cry – to open his hands, and open his heart to charity even toward the uncharitable ... a dainty dish to set before a King” (Contemporary review in London’s Athenaeum magazine) . Near Fine (Item #5581)