A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens.
A Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol.
(Rackham, Arthur)

A Christmas Carol.

Rackham, Arthur (illus.)

London; Philadelphia: William Heinemann; J. B. Lippincott, (1915). First trade edition of Rackham's desirable take on Dickens' holiday classic. Contains twelve full-page mounted color plates and numerous black & white illustrations. Heinemann first commissioned A Christmas Carol from Rackham for Christmas, 1915. Despite being a ghost story, Rackham's illustrations glow with warmth and comfort; his ghosts are menacing only to Scrooge. According to Hamilton, "Perhaps caught by the mood of national anxiety and tragedy of wartime, Rackham voluntarily softened his interpretation of Dickens's story in a way that he might not have done eight or ten years earlier-or indeed twenty years later with Poe's Tales." Specially bound in full black morocco with gilt decoration of two elves ringing Christmas bells on the upper cover, in addition to gilt titling to cover and spine and lush gilt borders to turn-ins. Fine. A.e.g. Item #30635

Price: $1,500.00

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