1869 Charles Dickens "a Christmas Carol" - 1st Sol Eytinge Illustrated Edition
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1869 Charles Dickens "a Christmas Carol" - 1st Sol Eytinge Illustrated Edition:
Original and very rare, "Deluxe Edition" of Charles Dickens monumental Christmas Classic "A Christmas Carol". This rare and highly sought after edition of Dickens' Christmas Carol is fully titled "A Christmas Carol In Prose Being A Ghost Story of Christmas". By Charles Dickens. Boston, 1869. Published by Ticknor & Fields.
This wonderful Volume measures approx. 6 1/4" by 8 3/4" and contains 111 pages plus 25 full plate engraved illustrations by American Illustrator Sol Eytinge. Dickens himself said of Eytinge's illustrations: "They are remarkable alike for a delicate perception of beauty, a lively eye for character, a most agreeable absence of exaggeration, and a general modesty and propriety which I greatly like." Today, Solomon Eytinge, Junior (1833-1905) is perhaps best remembered for having executed the first extensive program of illustration for A Christmas Carol, namely for this 1869 Ticknor-Fields edition that contained twenty-five wood-cuts. In particular, Eytinge created the iconic image of Tiny Tim hoisted up on his father's shoulders, an image of complete sympathy between a loving father and a physically challenged child that so many cinematic adaptations have reproduced.
The Volume is in good to very good condition - complete and intact but somewhat shaken. The Volume is bound in its original, maroon colored, chamfered cloth covered boards with elaborate, gold gilt lettering on the front cover. All edges are gilt and the 24 plates retain their original tissue guards. The interior pages are clean and crisp with some minor and light foxing to the title page and to some of the tissue guards. As stated above the signatures are a bit shaken but compete. The binding at the spine ends as well as some splitting at the hinges (please see the scans below).
Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic who is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period and the creator of some of the world's most memorable fictional characters. During his lifetime Dickens' works enjoyed unprecedented popularity and fame, but it was in the twentieth century that his literary genius was fully recognized by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to enjoy an enduring popularity among the general reading public. Dicken's Christmas Carol" is among the most beloved secular stories associated with the Christmas Season. The edition offered here is one of the earliest, elaborately designed and extensively illustrated issues and is worthy of a position at the center of even the most advanced Dickens' / Christmas Holiday Collection.
Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens left school to work in a factory after his father was thrown into debtors' prison. Though he had little formal education, his early impoverishment drove him to succeed. He edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.
Dickens rocketed to fame with the 1836 serial publication of "The Pickwick Papers". Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, celebrated for his humor, satire, and keen observation of character and society. His novels, most published in monthly or weekly installments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication. The installment format allowed Dickens to evaluate his audience's reaction, and he often modified his plot and character development based on such response. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, is one of the most influential works ever written, and it remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. Overseasshippping is extra and cost will be quoted at buyers request. Massachusetts residents must add 6.25% sales tax.
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