Lot 234DICKENS, CHARLES
A Christmas carol, in prose, being a ghost story of Christmas. With illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1844. Proof copy of the first edition, first impression, with the red and green title-page dated 1844 and printed in green verso, "Stave I" as the first chapter heading, the text uncorrected, yellow endpapers; in the first issue binding with the 14 mm separation between cartouche and border on the left. Original publisher's straight grained cinnamon-colored cloth housed in a modern pull-off case by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, with stamping in gold and blind. 6 3/8 x 3 7/8 inches (16 x 10 cm), all edges gilt as issued; , 166 pp.,  pp. ads; frontispiece and three hand-colored plates plus four wood engravings, all by Leech. Covers lightly rubbed and slightly soiled, head and toe of spine with fairly minimal wear, corners of the front board slightly cocked, slight lean, endpapers cracked at hinge, occasional fingersoil, slightly shaken, a very good copy overall. Bookplate of Richard Bayard Dominick (with bleed-through of the bookplate adhesive to the verso of the endpaper) .
Dickens was disappointed in the drab appearance of the red and green title, and subsequently substituted the red and blue used in first published edition, and additionally had Chapman and Hall use the actual year of issue, 1843, rather than following the then conventional practice of dating a gift book to the coming year. These trial issues are rare. Eckel p. 110; Smith II: 4.
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