Ogdensburg, NY: Caliban Press, 2017. One of 104 copies signed and numbered by the highly regarded book artist and printer Mark McMurray. This is a beautifully produced new edition of A Christmas Carol that captures the power of this timeless story through the inventive use of text, images, paper, type, and binding. McMurray writes in the prospectus: "We know the story, we know the characters, but the language of the text offers new rewards with each reading. This edition of Dickens' classic returns to the dark, sleep-deprived angst of the original complete text." The prospectus states that the text in this edition comes from the 1843 edition with minor corrections. Printed on a variety of handmade and mould-made papers including Zerkal Ingres and papers from La Papeterie-St. Armand. The text is printed entirely from metal and wood types, including monotype Bell plus many from the 19th century. There are wonderful images of the ghosts that visit Scrooge on that fateful night, and many other ornaments and designs throughout. They are done in various media including pochoir, collage, wood engraving, and relief blocks. Bound in black ribbed flexible covers with a red morocco leather spine with title in gilt on spine and inside a cutout on the front cover. Housed in a stiff black paper slipcase with a subtle chain design. Prospectus and errata slip inserted. In fine condition. 7.5 x 10.5 inches. 107 pages. PRI/120420.
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Edinburgh and London: Ballantyne, Hanson, & Co, circa 1910. Twenty six numbered volumes plus 2 volume set of life and works plus 2 volume set of Our Mutual Friend, all in matching publisher's bindings. Bound in full olive green cloth boards with paper title labels to spines. Minor wear to edges of boards and spine ends of all volumes. Wear / chipping / browning to title labels. Minor dampstaining to corners of boards of some volumes; although interior pages seem to be free from staining. Some volumes have minor soiling and/or discoloration to covers. Each volume contains illustrations - most in black and white with a few in color. Occasional smudge marks, occasional tear to a page in the margin (from opening the pages), and sporadic spots of foxing - but overall, very clean and bright interiors. Rippling to some of the illustrations, which are printed on a different paper stock. Signature of previous owner in pen to front free endpapers of most volumes. All bindings remain strong. This set will require an extra shipping fee. LIT/010318.
Hardcover. A charming set of over one hundred loose black & white reproductions of original illustrations from some of Dicken's most famous novels, including Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop, The Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby and more. Most are printed as vignettes with the title of the illustration below. There are also portraits of Dickens at various ages. The prints are all in excellent condition. The prints are housed in a stiff paper slipcase with title label but no publisher or date provided. The case has been amateurly repaired with the interior lined in bookcloth. The repair is visible along the hinges, spine, and interior. There is chipping and wear to the edges of case. Ribbon closures. Prints measure about 8.5 x 5.5 inches. Suitable for framing. Literature. LIT/082516. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1857. Hardcover. Includes several chapters from "Little Dorrit" by Charles Dickens. Also has articles on the education of American women, animal love of music, the grizzly bear, coal and coal miners of Pennsylvania, duel in Russia, Napoleon the III, family daguerreotypes, house spiders, Java, lichens, the Shakers, camels, and much more. Includes all six fashion plates. Bound in three quarter dark blue leather with grey cloth covered boards and gilt title to spine. Chipping to head of spine, short tear to bookcloth on front cover, soiling to covers, and wear to corners. Marbled endpapers. Foxing and occasional spots of soiling to interior. Illustrated. 864 pages. PER/050618. Very Good.
San Francisco: John Henry Nash as a gift to the Book Club of California, 1923. Hardcover. Facsimile from the manuscript. Thin 4to. Orange decorated paper covered boards with black title to front board. Minor rubbing to spine and to edges and corners. Light browning to edge of front end page and to very top corner of title page. Does not effect the text. Literature. LIT309281. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1855. Hardcover. Includes Melville's short story "The Paradise of Bachellors and the Tautarus of Maids" on pages 670 - 678; chapters 39 - 57 of "The Newcomes" by Thackeray; and several short stories by Charles Dickens including: Lawyer's Story, Redeemed Profligate, and Widow's Story. Also includes a 13 page article about dogs titled "The Dog, Described and Illustrated" and a five page article on vampires. Bound in the original black cloth with gilt title to spine and front cover. Embossed decoration to spine and covers. A few chips to book cloth on hinges, covers, and spine ends. A few spots of dampstaining to rear cover. Foxing to interior. Illustrated. Lacks one of the six fashion plates. 864 pages. PER/050618. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. Hardcover. Includes Melville's poems "The March to the Sea" on page 366, "The Cumerland" on page 474, and "Philip" on page 640. Also includes the conclusion of "Our Mutual Friend" by Dickens, "Livingston's Last African Expedition", and chapters from Wilkie Collins "Armadale." Bound in the three quarter black leather over black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear and rubbing to edges, spine ends, and corners. Short closed tears to some pages including title page. Split just after title page, but binding remains secure. Occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean overall. Illustrated. 816 pages. PER/060120. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1856. Hardcover. Includes Melville's "The 'Gees" on pages 507 - 509 (a satire on racism); "A Nightly Scene in London", a brief biography, and chapters 1 - 18 of "Little Dorrit" by Charles Dickens. Also includes a 17 page article on whales, a retelling of "Cinderella", a futuristic story about the year 3000, and more. Three quarter black leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Rubbing and minor wear to boards, spine, and edges. Closed tear to leather along front hinge; however, binding remains tight. Minor dampstaining to bottom edge of front board and bottom and side margins of most pages. Occasional spots of foxing and occasional spots of soiling, but the interior is clean and bright overall. All six fashion plates are present. 864 pages. PER/050618. Very Good.
New York: Samuel French & Son, No date. Circa 1878 - 1887. Paperback. Very good in original yellow paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Minor edgewear to exterior inclused creasing, chipping, and a few small closed tears. Previous owner's address written in 19th-century scrawl to front wrapper and to title page. occasional markings in pencil to text. Text is bright. The play was dramatized by Smith with the express permission of Dickens. Drama. DRA8/4042. Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1864. Hardcover. Very good in original brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Spine including lettering has faded. Minor fading to top edges of both boards and a few spots of soiling to boards. Foxing to first and last few pages (including frontispiece), and heaviest on tissue guard in gutters. Clean overall. 242 pages. LIT/062416. Very Good.