A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Illustrated Rackham Edition, 1915

Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. London: William Heineman, 1915. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. First Edition, thus illustrated. Octavo. 

This is a 1915 first edition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, illustrated by Arthur Rackham and published by William Heineman, London. The book has been beautifully rebound in in red Morocco leather with raised gilt-tooled spine; the cover sports a blind embossed stamp of Scrooge. The book is presented with a matching red and gilt-tooled cloth slipcase. A beautiful copy of this classic holiday tale.

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season.  It was first published in London by Chapman & Hall, on December 18, 1843. By Christmas of that year, six thousand copies had sold, and eight stage adaptations were in production within two months of the book’s publication."It was a work written at the height of Dickens’ great powers, which would add to his considerable fame, bring a new work to the English language, increase the festivities at Christmastime, and contain his most eloquent protest at the condition of the poor" (John Mortimer). The book is as popular today as it was over 150 years ago. 

The novel tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Charles Dickens, through the voice of Scrooge, continues to urge us to honor Christmas in our hearts and try to keep the spirit of Christmas alive throughout the year.

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