Christmas Books -- The Chimes: A Goblin Story Of Some Bells That Rang An Old Year Out And A New Year In * The Cricket On The Hearth. A Fairy Tale Of Home * The Haunted Man And The Ghost' Bargain * The Battle Of Life, A Love Story. Charles Dickens.

Christmas Books -- The Chimes: A Goblin Story Of Some Bells That Rang An Old Year Out And A New Year In * The Cricket On The Hearth. A Fairy Tale Of Home * The Haunted Man And The Ghost' Bargain * The Battle Of Life, A Love Story

London: Bradbury & Evans, Chapman & Hall, 1845 (1844), 1846 (1845), 1848. First editions. Hardcover. Four of five Christmas Books, 17 x 11 cm. (Chimes): the second Christmas book, 175 pages. Second state of the vignette title page with Chapman & Hall in open letters below, illustrated with 13 engravings after designs by Maclise, Doyle, Leech and Stanfield. Nicks to backstrip head and foot. (Cricket) 174 pages. Ad leaf, "New Edition Of Oliver Twist," second state, double page vignette frontispiece and title, illustrated with 14 engravings by Leech, Doyle, Stanfield, Maclise and Landseer. Early owner inscription at title head, rubbing to backstrip extremities. (Battle Of Life). 175 pages. Vignette title page in the fourth and most common state. 13 engravings by Leech, Doyle, Maclise, and Stanfield. Two pages of adverts at rear. (Haunted Man). 188 pages. The last Christmas book, 16 engravings by Leech, Tenniel, Stone and Stanfield. Frontispiece and pictorial title printed on light mustard color paper, rehinged with original backstrip laid-down, slight loss of gilt lettering at head. All copies with yellow endpapers. ECKEL, pp.116-118. SMITH II: 5-9. All in orig. gilt decorated publisher's red cloth with front and back cover stamping in blind, housed in felt lined red cloth slipcase. Aeg. Very good. 4 vols. Item #21193

Price: $2,500.00

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