A Christmas Carol

by Dickens, Charles

The full title of Charles Dickens' most famous work is technically A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas. This novella was published on December 19, 1843, and the first edition run of 6000 copies were sold out by Christmas Eve of that year. The publication of the first edition was fraught with complications, and even though the book was received to positive reviews, profits of the book fell far below Dickens' expectations, and the financial strain caused rifts between Dickens and the original publisher, Chapman & Hall.

First Edition Identification

The initial publication of A Christmas Carol was challenged by several issues, and those issues are evident in some of the first edition identification notes. The final product of the first edition was printed with a red cloth binding with gilded pages and yellow endpapers. The very first copies were printed with green endpapers, and those copies are exceptionally rare.The first edition contains four colored illustrations and four black and white illustrations. In the first edition, Stave I is printed with the roman numeral, while later editions spell out the number to be printed as Stave One.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

For the initial run of A Christmas Carol, Dickens proposed an unheard-of offer--that he would pay for the cost of publishing the first edition, but that he would keep all of the profits. Even though the first run of 6000 copies sold out within two weeks, profits were disappointing.The most famous, or infamous, edition of A Christmas Carol was published in 1844 by Parley's Illuminated Library. The unauthorized version was a condensed version of the novella, and it was sold for twopence. Dickens was infuriated and successfully sued for copyright infringement.

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Fifth edition (Chapman & Hall, 1844). Issued the year after the first edition, which was published in December 1843. Hand-coloured etched frontispiece and a further three plates by John Leech with four wood-engravings by W.J. Linton. Two pp advertisements at rear. Gilt edges with publisher's original cinnamon vertically ribbed cloth stamped in blind and gilt. Previous owner name to half-title… Read more about this item
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London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition. First edition, first printing. "Stave I" on page [1] and every single textual point uncorrected as per Calhoun and Heaney. Todd's first impression, first issue with 15mm between wreath and left blindstamping, unbroken "D." Title page printed in preferred red and blue, dated 1843 in Roman numerals; half title and verso of… Read more about this item
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by Dickens, Charles; Introduction by F.G. Kitton.

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1890
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New York: Brentano's, 1890. # 247 of 250 copies of the American Edition, (there were also 500 copies printed for Great Britain) , SIGNED by publisher ("Brentano's) under numbered entry and with an introduction by F.G. Kitton. Original paper covered boards with gilt lettering front cover and spine, top edge gilt. viii pages, [2], 66 unnumbered leaves :chiefly facsimile. Very… Read more about this item
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by Dickens, Charles

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL

by DICKENS, CHARLES

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1843
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London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. Third Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket, As Issued. pp: [viii][1]2-166 [2]. THE THIRD EDITION bound in deep red full calf, ruled in gilt, raised bands to spine with two title pieces, one in blue and one in green, both with gilt lettering. All edge gilt with top edge rough… Read more about this item
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Harper & Brothers, 1844. first. wrappers. very good. First US edition. Rare in original wrappers. Closed tear at left edge of front cover to spine, from bottom to middle. Pieces missing at rear cover and last two pages, some wear. Item very good.
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Nice condition, early American edition of "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" by Charles Dickens appearing in "Christmas Stories and Pictures From Italy." 1853; Getz, Buck & Co.; Philadelphia. There is a gilt illustration of Scrooge on the spine. The book contains 6 stories in all (each with its own title page), as follows: * A Christmas Carol * The Chimes * The Cricket on the Hearth *… Read more about this item
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A Christmas Carol: A Facsimile of the Original 1843 Edition in Full Color

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by Charles Dickens

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1843
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London: Chapman and Hall, 1843. First edition, first issue. hardcover. Very good.. A very good first edition, first state, in original cloth, with Stave 1 on page one instead of Stave One. Front and rear free end papers are missing. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.
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The Roycroft Shop, 1902. Leather Bound. Acceptable. Soft green suede (mostly faded to brown) cover. Edges have come loose from binding and been reaffixed with archival quality tape. Green cloth interior in beautiful condition. Frontespiece with tissue intact. Pages have age discoloration, but no marks. Book has slight musty odor. Covered in archival quality protector to prevent any… Read more about this item
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A Christmas Carol in Prose: being a ghost story of Christmas
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by Dickens, Charles

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Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1869. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. First American Edition THUS, First Printing. (published at Christmas 1868) Pp 111 pp. With 21 plates & 4 headpieces, engraved on wood by A.V.S. Anthony from drawings by S. Eytinge, Jr.; tissue guards This the "twenty-fifth anniversary" edition of A Christmas Carol commemorated the exclusive rights to… Read more about this item
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A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost story of Christmas

A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost story of Christmas

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Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1844. First American edition. Small 8vo, illustrated with 8 plates after the originals by John Leech, a hand-colored frontispiece of Mr. Fezziwig's ball, three colored plates that are lithographed by P. S. Duval and four black-and-white, original brown cloth, decorated and lettered in blind and gilt on the front cover and spine, and in blind… Read more about this item
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN PROSE

A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN PROSE

by Dickens, Charles (Bernhardt Ed. )

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1922
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Loyola UNIVERSITY PRESS: CHICAGO ILL. Good with no dust jacket. 1922. First Edition Thus. Booklet. Small booklet, 128p. Edited for school use by Carol L. Bernhardt, S. J. Good minus, faint writing near top of front cover, several pages have turned corners and overall rub.. (THIS BOOK IS IN OUR POSSESSION. WE SHIP MOST BOOKS SIX DAYS… Read more about this item
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The Christmas Carol
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The Christmas Carol

by Dickens, Charles

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1890
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Elliot Stock, London, 1890. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. The Christmas Carol 1890 Facsimile reproduction of the author's original manuscript. One of only 250 copies in the U.S. and 500 in the U.K. Very rare with uncut pages. Original paper boards with gilt detailing. Rubbing along the edges, corners and spine ends, piece of spine missing at… Read more about this item
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A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

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UK: Putman, 1902. First Edition Thus . Three-Quarter Leather. Very Good ++. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Frederick Simpson Coburn. 1st Edition Thus 1902. A new edition with twelve photogravure plates and tissue printed coverings. A further nineteen small engravings and many page edge detailing by Frederick Simpson Coburn. A lovely three quarter leather bound… Read more about this item
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CHRISTMAS CAROL
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CHRISTMAS CAROL

by Dickens, Charles, illustrated by Arthur Rackham

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.......
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1843
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London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First Edition. Near Fine. First edition, first printing. First issue with title page printed in red and blue, dated 1843 in Roman numerals; half title and verso of title page printed in blue; "Stave I" on page [1]. Bound in fine contemporary full marbled calf, gilt lettered black morocco spine label, covers ruled… Read more about this item
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