In Prose. Being A Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. Eleventh Edition. London: Chapman and Hall, 1845. 2 pp undated ads. Recently bound in full dark red morocco, all edges gilt.
"Eleventh Edition," first (Chapman & Hall) issue -- produced two years after (and with the same four hand-colored plates as) the first edition. A CHRISTMAS CAROL was initially published by Chapman & Hall in December 1843, and was a huge and immediate success. The first three editions were dated 1843 (though a few copies of the first edition were dated 1844), the fourth through tenth editions were dated 1844, the eleventh and twelfth were dated 1845, and finally the thirteenth and fourteenth (published by Bradbury & Evans) were dated 1855 and 1860 respectively. Additionally, when Bradbury & Evans took over following Chapman & Hall's 1845 "Twelfth Edition," B&E issued their own "Eleventh Edition" dated 1846, followed by their own "Twelfth Edition" dated 1849 -- (presumably sheets of those two editions acquired from C&H, with new B&E title page).~This is a copy from the first issue, with the 1845 C&H title page. The volume is bound in full dark red morocco (with a CD monogram in gilt on the front cover); the leaves were not trimmed, as the original gilt edging of the leaves remains. Part of the original red cloth binding is bound in at the end. Condition is near-fine, with very minor soil to a few leaves; there is an early five-line inked inscription at the top of the half-title page. Now that fine copies of the first edition are priced from $40,000 to $50,000, many collectors instead seek attractive copies of these later editions. Gimbel A79 ("43rd copy"); Smith II No. 4, note 6. Item #12364