Jun 15, 2023 - Sale 2641

Sale 2641 - Lot 144

Price Realized: $ 9,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,500 - $ 6,000
DICKENS, CHARLES. A Christmas Carol. Hand-colored etched frontispiece and three plates by John Leech, four wood engravings in the text by W.J. Linton after Leech. Half-title printed in blue, title-page printed in red and blue, verso printed in blue, 2 page publisher's advertisement at end, green coated endpapers. 8vo, original vertically-ribbed brown cloth, all edges gilt, spine and front cover gilt-stamped, head and foot of spine frayed and bumped, corners bumped with mild exposure; front hinge partly split but holding, few other early signatures stressed; custom full red morocco gilt pull-off case. First edition, first issue with "Stave I" as the first chapter heading, and balance of text uncorrected. With Todd's first binding state (the closest interval between blind decorative border on the left and the left extremity of the gilt cartouche measuring 14-15 mm and the "D" of Dickens unbroken). "Dickens' changes of mind [regarding the production] led to a period in December of 1843 when there were on hand at the printers and the binders different endpapers, title-pages, half-titles and text pages already printed, though not yet cased--a situation that led to copies going out with mixed features" (Lee Biondi, Firsts, September 1997, p. 30). Eckel pp.110-115; Smith II:4. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843