Collection of first editions of his 6 Christmas books, as described below

Price: 2,500.00 USD

London: Chapman & Hall, 1855. First Editions. 6 vols. 8vo. Superb Collection of Thackeray's Christmas Books in Original Boards. An unusual survival, first editions in the original boards This series of Christmas books was written to cater to a growing demand for Christmas stories more seasonal in subject matter than the usual annual or gift book, probably as a direct result of the publication of Dickens' Christmas Carol in 1843 and its extraordinary popularity. They included: Mrs. Perkins's Ball. London: Chapman & Hall, [1847]. Half-title, pictorial title, 21 engraved plates including frontispiece hand-colored by the author; small spot in lower margin of last page. Publisher's pink printed glazed boards; small tear in fore-edge of upper cover, corners torn, joints cracked, lower third of pink surface of backstrip gone. Van Duzer 140. Our Street. London: Chapman & Hall, 1848. 8vo. Frontispiece, pictorial title, 14 engraved plates all hand-colored, one tiny spot in upper margin of one plate. Publisher's pink printed glazed boards; corners rubbed, joints cracked, some surface soiling. Van Duzer 157. Doctor Birch and his Young Friends. London: Chapman & Hall, 1849. 8vo. Frontispiece, pictorial title, letter-press title, 14 engraved plates all hand-colored, 1-leaf publisher's advertisement; small stain at upper edge of a few leaves. Publisher's pink printed glazed board; joints mended with paper yet covers detached, corners worn, some surface soiling. Bookplate of T. F. Dillon Croker, dated 1848. Van Duzer 51. The Kickleburys on the Rhine. London: Chapman & Hall, 1850. 8vo. Half-title, frontispiece, pictorial title, 13 engraved plates all hand-colored, 1-leaf publisher's advertisement; some marginal thumbing, 2 pages creased. Publisher's pink printed glazed boards; joints mended, corners worn. Inscribed by H. & M.J. Carter to Helen Carter, December 25, 1850. Van Duzer 104. Rebecca and Rowena. A Romance upon Romance. London: Chapman & Hall, 1850. 8vo. Half-title, frontispiece, 7 engraved plates all hand-colored, 1-leaf publisher's advertisement; stain in upper margin occasionally touching running headline, some soiling and thumbing. Publisher's pink printed glazed boards; backstrip loose, corners torn, covers rubbed and soiled. Pencilled exlibris (erased but visible) of John Wells, watchmaker, St. Albans, December 1857. Van Duzer 181. The Rose and the Ring. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1855. 8vo. Frontispiece, 7 engraved plates, 48 text woodcuts, 16-pp. publisher's advertisement at the end; some marginal soiling. Publisher's pink printed glazed boards; joints mended, hinges loosening, corners and edges worn, small dampstain on upper cover, surface rubbing and soiling to covers. Van Duzer 185. First Editions. All in publisher's boards, a.e.g., in a custom brown half-morocco and green cloth solander case, gilt spines.


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