DICKENS, Charles. Christmas Books. London: Chapman and Hall, 1852.
8vo, newly bound in half speckled calf over marbled boards, spine lettered and rule in gilt; contrasting red morocco label in one, others lettered directly, all edges speckled; engraved frontispiece after John Leech; pp. [vi], 266, [ii]; small tear to edge of p.3; some pages with marginal folds or creases; a handsome copy.
First collected edition, with additional added preface by Dickens. Comprising A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life and The Haunted Man.
"I have included my little Christmas Books in this cheap edition, complying with a desire that has been repeatedly expressed to me…my purpose was, in a whimsical kind of masque which the good humour of the season justified, to awaken some loving and forbearing thought, never out of season in a Christian land. I have the happiness of believing that I did not wholly miss it." (Preface).