CHRISTMAS BOOKS.; Containing "A Christmas Carol", "The Chimes", "The Cricket on the Hearth", "The Battle of Life", & "The Haunted Man".

New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers. 1852. 1st US Collected edition (Gimbel D11; McGuire Collection 47; Wilkins, p. 38). Cf. Calinescu Collection 95 [for an 1854 imprint]. [8], 90; [2], 95, [1 (blank)]; [2], 97, [1 (blank)]; [2], 96; [2], 107, [5] pp. Collective t.p., Preface [written by Dickens for the UK edition], divisional title pages, 4 pages of publisher adverts at rear. 12mo. 7-1/2" x 5-1/8". Original publisher's deep blue cloth binding, with gilt stamped title lettering to spine & boards stamped in blind. Pale yellow eps. NB. This the binding style Harper would use for Dombey, Bleak House & Hard Times. Binding wear, with fraying at base of spine panel. Cocked. Period pencil pos to ffep. Foxing. A Good copy. Item #46343

Rare US collected edition of Dickens' 5 Christmas books, at the time of cataloguing, OCLC records 5 institutional holdings, and we see no other copies on the market, with this the first time we've been able to offer a copy.

Price: $500.00

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