CHARLES DICKENS’ CHRISTMAS BOOKS
A SPLENDID SET
A superb set bound by Bayntun of Bath in full crimson crushed
morocco pictorially stamped with a central gilt bust of Dickens
within circular frame on upper board, rear board with Dickens
signature in gilt, raised bands with compartments decorated with
holly leaves and stars, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, inner
gilt dentelles, board edges trimmed in gilt. Internally, this set is
in magnificent state with the hand colored plates in “A Christmas
Carol” in rich, deep color, all free from foxing. All with the
original covers bound in at rear. First editions, mixed states.
Dickens, Charles. A CHRISTMAS CAROL in Prose Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. Stave One, illustrated
by John Leech, London, Chapman & Hall, 1843; Half-title in blue, title page in red and blue, eight illustrations of
which four are hand colored (including frontispiece), 166pp., (2)pp. ads listing eight Dickens titles.
Dickens, Charles. THE CHIMES: A Goblin Story. Some Bells That Rang An Old Year Out And A New Year In.
London, Chapman & Hall; 1845. Half-title, Frontispiece facing second state vignette title, title page, (1)pp. ad
following title page, 175pp.
Dickens, Charles. THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH. London, Bradbury & Evans; 1846. Half-title, engraved
frontispiece and vignette title page, regular title page,174pp., (2)pp. ad at rear (second state), with a comma after
Evans and with five dots as opposed to four in the last illustration entry. These points have no priority and have
been found to occur randomly.
Dickens, Charles. THE BATTLE OF LIFE A Love Story. London, Bradbury & Evans; 1846. Half-title,
frontispiece (“Dance Round the Appletree”) facing the fourth state vignette title page, 175pp., (2)pp. ads in later
state listing twelve titles.
Dickens, Charles. THE HAUNTED MAN and The Ghost’s Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London,
Bradbury & Evans; 1848. (2)pp. ad “works by Mr. Dickens” listing three titles, verso listing four Christmas books,
frontispiece facing vignette title page each with circular illustrations, title-page, half-title follows illustration page,
188pp. with the period on page 188 after headline and comma after printer's present.[pb.6189]
1 of only 100 COPIES SIGNED BY
HENRY M. STANLEY, M. FRENCH SHELDON, and EDWARD KING
Flaubert, Gustave. SALAMMBO. London: Saxon & Co., 1886. Quarto. #51/100 proof
copies on heavy Dutch hand-made paper signed by dedicatee: Henry M. Stanley,
translator: M. French Sheldon, introductory author: Edward King and the Publisher
Saxon & Co. Beautifully bound by Zaehnsdorf in full brown morocco paneled in gilt,
raised bands with compartments stamped in gilt, lavish inner gilt dentelles over
marbled paper, top edge gilt. front inner hinge weakening a bit, and a few spots of
darkening to spine and boards. A very nice copy. [pb.0182]
PUEBLO INDIAN POTTERY - LIMITED TO ONLY 750 COPIES
Chapman, Kenneth M. PUEBLO INDIAN POTTERY [Two Volumes] from specimens in the
famous collection of the Indian art fund, with introduction and notes by Kenneth M.
Chapman, Curator of Indian arts fund and the laboratory of anthropology, Santa Fe, (New
Mexico) . Nice, France 1933-1936: C. Szwedzicki, First Edition. Folio. Limited edition of
only 750 copies signed by the publisher C. Szwedzicki. Two volumes in original portfolios
(12"x17 1/2"); with ties; vellum pictorial label on front cover of each; containing 100 photo-
lithographic hand-colored plates laid in (50 in each portfolio). Two text volumes are in
parallel; English in the left column and French in the right column and are stitched, title
pages are printed in red and black. Minor wear to portfolios, but text and plates are fine;
bookplate of Spokane Public Library on pastedowns. A complete set, quite rare, locating
only one set at auction since 1984.[pb.6023]
Gibb, William. THE
ROYAL HOUSE OF
(Macmillan & Co],
1890. Large Folio
(12 1/2"x17 1/2").
Original green cloth
portfolio with ties;
with vellum label on
front panel, printed
in red and black.
Illustrated by a series of forty plates in colours, laid in. Drawn from relics of the Stuarts. All 40 chromolithographic
plates are present, with 2 leaves of "List of Subjects" and title leaf. One inch tear at top of front joint of portfolio;
light browning of the title leaf; plates are fine. All in all a very handsome copy.[pb.6028]
INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR
Doctorow, E. L. WELCOME TO HARD TIMES. New York: Simon & Schuster,
1960. First Edition. Octavo. First Printing. Author's first book INSCRIBED to a
close acquaintance whom he thought highly of signing his name "Ed" rather
than the usual "E.L." . "To......../with admiration/Ed Doctorow/ Dec. 1965",
180pp., bound in 1/4 white cloth over orange paper covered boards lettered in
black, top edge red. Quite possibly one of the finest copies to be offered in
several years. While the pages do have the usual noted browning, the book
itself is pristine, in unclipped, pristine dust jacket. Basis for the 1967 western
starring Henry Fonda, Warren Oates and Kennan Wynn.[pb.5012]
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