The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells That Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In. Charles Dickens.
The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells That Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In.

The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells That Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In.

London: Chapman & Hall, 1845 [1844]. First Edition of Dickens’ second Christmas book, with the first state vignette title page. In original red blind- and gilt-stamped cloth with all edge’s gilt. Published a year after the Christmas Carol, “when [Dickens] came therefore to think of his new story for Christmas time, he resolved to make it a plea for the poor . . . He was to try and convert society, as he had converted Scrooge, by showing that its happiness rested on the same foundations as those of the individual, which are mercy and charity not less than justice.” Forster, The Life of Charles Dickens (Vol. I, pg. 386, 1876 ed.).

16mo. [7], [1]-175pp, [1]. Half-title and advertisement are both present. Eckel, pg. 116; Sadleir 683; Smith II, 5 (state without colon on title verso imprint but with other punctuation, thus a potential mixed state, though Smith does not ultimately assign priority).
Tasteful bookplates of two prior owners and ownership marks on front free endpaper. Rubbing with some fraying at ends, substantial spine lean, rear joint starting, rubbing to edges, corners, and spine panel, hinges cracked, endpapers had been reinforced, mild foxing to plates. In all, a good copy in original binding. Item #202

Price: $450.00

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