London: Chapman and Hall, 1843. John LEECH, illustrator. First Edition. Leather bound. John LEECH, illustrator. Bradbury and Evans, Whitefriars, London, printers.
First edition, later printing. Duodecimo (6 ½” x 4 ¼”); 166pp + [2pp] advertisements; rebound by Riviere and Son in red goat with double gilt-stamped borders, 5 raised bands, title and author on stained frame, gilt ornaments to the spine edge & dentelles; all edges gilt; decorative head & tailbands; red marbled endpapers, binding signed on verso ffep; gift inscription dated 1935 to fly-leaf; color lithograph illustrations; housed in a red cloth slipcase; fine in very good case. Fine / very good. Item #1189
Charles Dickens’ famous tale of Christmas, Scrooge and Tiny Tim. Beautifully rebound by renowned London bookbinders, Riviere and Son, in red Morocco with double gilt-stamped borders. The spine has 5 raised bands, the title and author in gilt on stained frames, with gilt holly and mistletoe ornaments. The luxury binding continues with all gilt-edges, decorative head and tailbands, edge and inside dentelles, and red marbled endpapers. The firm signed their work with a stamp on the verso of the free front endpaper. Although not stated, the rebinding was most likely after 1880 but before the firm of Riviere and Son was acquired by George Bayntun in 1939, probably to match the gift inscription on the front fly-leaf dated, “Merry Xmas 1935. To June from Uncle Charles”.
As to bibliographic points of edition, the date on the title page has been corrected to 1843; the title page is printed in red and (navy) blue; Chapter I appears as a Roman numeral while the others have the number written out; and the first edition points appearing in Eckel have all been corrected.