A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, First Edition - AbeBooksIt may be the most loved Christmas Story ever written. It has inspired hundreds of stage and film adaptations and has influenced the way people around the world view Christmas. Dickens wrote four other Christmas books in the years following, yet none of them had the same impact. Bourdett-Coutts had been asked donate to them, and she requested that Dickens visit the school at Saffron Hill and report back to her. The author, having experienced poverty and child labour himself, was deeply concerned with its elimination, and believed that education was an important way to achieve this. It was a deeply personal and cathartic experience.
A Christmas Carol
The initial publication of A Christmas Carol was challenged by several issues, and those issues are evident in some of the first edition identification notes. The final product of the first edition was printed with a red cloth binding with gilded pages and yellow endpapers. The very first copies were printed with green endpapers, and those copies are exceptionally rare. The first edition contains four colored illustrations and four black and white illustrations. In the first edition, Stave I is printed with the roman numeral, while later editions spell out the number to be printed as Stave One. For the initial run of A Christmas Carol, Dickens proposed an unheard-of offer--that he would pay for the cost of publishing the first edition, but that he would keep all of the profits.
Calabasas, CA, U. Seller Rating:. A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. First edition, first issue, the very rare so-called "trial issue," with title-page printed in red and green and half-title printed in green; "Stave I;" text entirely uncorrected; yellow coated end-papers.
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What do Christmas and rare vintage books have in common?, C68 General. As a student assistant in the Burns Library Reading Room and a graduate student in the English department at Boston College, I occasionally have the privilege of combining my scholarly interest in Victorian literature with my practical responsibilities at the Burns Library.
London: Chapman and Hall, First edition. An about Fine copy of the first issue and exceptionally rare in this condition. Light reddish-brown, vertically-ribbed cloth with gilt and blindstamping on the boards, all page edges gilt. Correct, mm measurement from the gilt wreath to the blindstamping on the front board and the "D" in Dickens perfect, indicating a first issue copy Todd. All text in its uncorrected state Smith II.