A CHRISTMAS CAROL Arthur Rackham Early US Edn Lippincott/Heinemann 12 Col Plates Partial DJ


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A lovely early edition of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, lavishly illustrated by Arthur Rackham, with a partial dust jacket. I think this is a very early U.S. edition by Rackham.  It seems to be the same cover illustration/color as the 1st Heinemann (U.K.) edition (1915), and the title page is similar, but Lippincott is the 1st publisher listed and Heinemann the 2nd. There is no date and the back of the title page reads “Printed in Great Britain”. The book has a dark purplish/blue cloth and contains 12 “colour” plates (including frontis) by Rackham, with tissue-guards and red captions, like other early American editions I find online. One that appears to be the same book was advertised as a first edition and sold for $455 on Ebay (without a dust jacket). I don’t have a Rackham bibliography reference, so please do your own research and bid accordingly. The dust jacket is only partial, the front cover and front flap, but is consistent with the dust jackets of the 1st edition.

Book condition is very good overall–the cover gilt is still bright, faded on spine, rear cover clean, cloth in nice shape. Inside there is a some foxing to the endpapers and the name “TURTLE” in small print on inside cover. The binding is tight. The pages and plate tissue guards have light edge foxing/soiling, but the plates themselves are in gorgeous condition. All 12 Rackham plates present, as well as the associated tissue guards. Light spotting on fore edge of text block. A collectible copy of early Rackham work on this beloved Christmas classic!