Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. London: William Heineman, 1915. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Octavo.
This is a 1915 edition of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, illustrated by Arthur Rackham and published by William Heineman out of London. This was the first edition of the holiday classic with Arthur Rackham's illustrations, of which there are 12 color plates, illustrated endpapers, 18 black and white illustrations. Dickens writes of A Christmas Carol in the book’s preface: "I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book to raise the Ghost of an Idea which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their house pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it."
The book was first published in London by Chapman & Hall in December of 1843. Dickens’s A Christmas Carol was the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season. 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. 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.
Overall very good condition. Pages are healthy with minimal foxing besides a bit of discoloration at some page corners, plates protected with tissue-guards. Fully rebound in red calf leather with an embossed silhouette of Scrooge on front, raised bands, and gilt tooling. The book is housed in a custom cloth slipcase with a second silhouette embossing on one side.