Charles Dickens' Christmas Stories
1863–1870 bound from All the Year Round, including Mugby Junction & The Signalman (1866)
First edition. Rebound with leather spine and marbled paper covered boards. Each story printed in double column. 23.5 × 15.5cm, 48pp + 48pp + 48pp + 48pp + 32pp.
This is a bound collection of Christmas stories from Dickens' All the Year Round. The pages taken from the original issues. The stories, some of which are collaborative efforts are:
1. Mrs Lirriper's Lodgings (Christmas 1863). Collaboration between Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Lever, Amelia Edwards, Charles Collins (Wilkie's younger brother) and Edmund H Yates.
2. Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions (Christmas 1865). Dickens was the sole author.
3. Mugby Junction (Christmas 1866). A collaboration between Charles Dickens, Amelia B Edwards, Charles Collins, Andrew Halliday, and Hesba Streeton. This contains Dickens' masterful ghost short story of The Signalman on page 20.
4. No Thoroughfare (Christmas 1867) co-written with Wilkie Collins.
5. The Winning Hazard—a story by Frederick Talbot (Dickens' has died earier in the year).
There is considerable wear but all the stories remain in sound readable condition. The leather spine and cloth boards are rubbed and bumped, the inner binding weakening at the front hinge with some tearing to the first two pages of Mrs Lirriper where bound in. The pages are tanned and foxed throughout and some with chips to the fore-edge though not affecting the text. On the whole, a nice collection of Dickens' Christmas stories, particularly so with The Signalman. Previous owner's inscriptions to ffep.