A Christmas Carol in Prose Being a Story of Yule-Tide by Charles Dickens, First Trade Edition, 1902

Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose Being a Ghost Story of Yule-Tide. New York: The Roycroft Shop, 1902. First trade edition. Bound in full leather and housed in an archival slipcase.

This beautifully bound 1902 Roycroft edition of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol In Prose Being a Ghost Story of Yule Tide was published by The Roycroft Shop in East Aurora, New York. The book is bound in full red leather with holly leaf decorative borders on the front and rear boards, gilt embossed title and spine decorations, and five raised bands. The novel was bound by the Monastery Hill Bindery and is now housed in a custom archival slipcase with a gilt embossed silhouette of Scrooge.

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.  Over six thousand copies sold in the seven days before Christmas of that year and eight stage adaptations were in production within two months of the book’s publication. 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, urges readers to honor Christmas in their hearts and try to keep the spirit of Christmas alive throughout the year.


Overall very good condition for age. Rebound by the Monastery Hill Bindery, as stated on inside of back board and signed by Joseph E. Zuffant, Jr. for the bindery. Bound in full red leather with gilt embossed decorative motifs along the outside edges of the boards, the inside edges of the boards, and spine. A green, red, and gilt holly border is embossed on the front and back boards. Some darkening of the spine and minor wear to the bottom edge. Text block has gilt edging at head and deckled fore-edge. Pages are toned but internally clean. Housed in a custom archival slipcase with a gilt embossed silhouette of Scrooge. Dimensions (with slipcase): 9 ⅛”H x 6 ⅛”W x 1 ¼”D

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