Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1845. Cloth. [FICTION] [HOLIDAY: CHRISTMAS]. First American edition published in cloth. 16mo (6 ½” x 4 ¼”); [1-9] 10-96pp; teal colored cloth over board, blind stamped decorative borders, gilt-stamped lettering and bells hanging from a roof with goblins atop; pale yellow endpapers; gift inscription in pencil dated 1858; 6 fly-leaves; engraved frontispiece and pictorial half-title; 10 engraved plates; age-toning of paper, darkening of text block from acidic ink; a few pencil marks,4 of the rear fly-leaves have penciled graffiti and contemporary drawings of women; binding is tight; fading of boards, chipping at head and tail of spine, bumped corners, light staining; very good minus. Very good. Item #1735
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an English novelist perhaps most famous for his story, A Christmas Carol. This is the second book in his series of five Christmas novellas, all with strong moral and social messages often involving the disparity between the poor and rich classes. First published in London by Chapman and Hall in 1845. There was a reading of this new story by Dickens to a select audience of friends on December 2, 1844. This is the first American edition to be published in cloth with illustrations.