A Christmas Carol

SEARLE, Ronald (illustrator). Charles DICKENS (author). A Christmas Carol.

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SEARLE, Ronald (illustrator). Charles DICKENS (author). A Christmas Carol. Cleveland And New York; The World Publishing Company. 1961.

Royal 8vo. Original turquoise cloth prettily blocked in gilt to upper board with a holly wreath vignette, double-page pictorial endpapers in colours, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper with wrap-around design by Searle; pp. [viii], 9-109 + [i]; with frontispiece, 6 double-page coloured plates, some in black and white, and illustrations in line throughout; a fine copy protected by an equally fine, unclipped dustwrapper ($4.95).
First US edition illustrated thus, as stated, and published alongside the UK first: "In Ronald Searle, this richly stuffed plum-pudding of a story has found its ideal illustrator. With infectious enthusiasm and Dickensian high spirits he captures once and for all the full flavour of this Ghost Story of Christmas" (blurb). This copy is sold with a contemporary Searle-designed Christmas card with an image from the book printed in sepia and a printed inscription "from Lillian and Ben Zevin".