The literary work most associated with Christmas is Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but, really, all of Charles Dickens’ works somehow seem to fit the holiday season, so we would like to take this opportunity to feature a very special array of British editions of Dickens’ novels, mostly first editions illustrated by Phiz, and a couple of other very special holiday collectible editions.
This 1905 J.M. Dent deluxe edition of the second of Dickens’ famous Christmas books is bound in vellum, with lovely decorative gilt to the spine and front board, showing holly, ivy and cherubs in an Art Nouveau style. Illustrated by Charles E. Brock. $225
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
First Edition, mixed issue. Chapman and Hall, 1839. Twentieth-century half morocco binding by Zaehnsdorf of London. $1,200
First Edition, second issue. Chapman and Hall, 1844. Clean copy recently rebound in full calf. $950
Dombey and Son
First Edition. Bradbury & Evans, 1848. Nineteenth-century tan calf neatly rebacked with gilt spine retained. $1,500
The Personal History of David Copperfield
First Edition, early state. Bradbury & Evans, 1850. In contemporary half calf. $1,000Little Dorrit
First Edition, first state. Bradbury & Evans, 1857. In contemporary half calf. $450
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
Chapman & Hall, 1887, in two volumes; one of 500 copies printed featuring 52 plates on India paper. $650
Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi
First Edition, first issue, in two volumes, 1838. Charles Dickens wrote this biography as “Boz.” $1,250
Christmas with the Poets: a Collection of Songs, Carols, and Descriptive Verses, Relating to the Festival of Christmas, from the Anglo-Norman Period to the Present Time, edited by Henry Vizetelly and illustrated by Myles Birket Foster.
Fifth edition, 1869. Lavishly illustrated collection of festive carols, songs and verses, featuring a color frontispiece and many more engraved illustrations and decorations throughout, most highlighted with gilt. $150
Old Christmas, by Washington Irving
Second Edition. Macmillan, 1876. Contains numerous plates and illustrations in the text, and features gilt titling and illustrations on its green cloth cover. $100
If you’re interested in any of these books, contact The Buy Guy.