Christmas Past Makes a Great Christmas Present

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.1-thechimes

The Chimes
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

2-nicholasnicklebyThe 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

3-martinchuzzlewitMartin Chuzzlewit
First Edition, second issue. Chapman and Hall, 1844. Clean copy recently rebound in full calf. $950

4-dombeyandsonDombey and Son
First Edition. Bradbury & Evans, 1848. Nineteenth-century tan calf neatly rebacked with gilt spine retained. $1,500 

5-davidcopperfieldThe Personal History of David Copperfield
First Edition, early state. Bradbury & Evans, 1850. In contemporary half calf. $1,0006-littledorritLittle Dorrit
First Edition, first state. Bradbury & Evans, 1857. In contemporary half calf. $450

7-pickwickpapersThe Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
Chapman & Hall, 1887, in two volumes; one of 500 copies printed featuring 52 plates on India paper. $650

8-josephgrimaldiMemoirs of Joseph Grimaldi
First Edition, first issue, in two volumes, 1838. Charles Dickens wrote this biography as “Boz.” $1,250

9-christmaswiththepoetsChristmas 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

10-oldchristmasOld 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.

Steve is the”Buy Guy” at Half Price Books Corporate.


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