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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol Hardcover - 1996

by Charles Dickens

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  • Hardcover
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Harcourt Children's Books, 1996. Hardcover. Very Good. May have limited writing in cover pages. Pages are unmarked. ~ ThriftBooks: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.
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  • Title A Christmas Carol
  • Author Charles Dickens
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First Edition
  • Condition Used - Very Good
  • Pages 152
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Harcourt Children's Books, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Date 1996
  • Illustrated Yes
  • Bookseller's Inventory # G0151002002I4N00
  • ISBN 9780151002009 / 0151002002
  • Weight 2.15 lbs (0.98 kg)
  • Dimensions 12.23 x 8.76 x 0.68 in (31.06 x 22.25 x 1.73 cm)
  • Ages 09 to 11 years
  • Grade levels 4 - 6
  • Reading level 610
  • Library of Congress subjects England - Fiction, Christmas - Fiction
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 90001335
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

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About this book

The full title of Charles Dickens' most famous work is technically A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas. This novella was published on December 19, 1843, and the first edition run of 6000 copies were sold out by Christmas Eve of that year.

The publication of the first edition was fraught with complications, and even though the book was received to positive reviews, profits of the book fell far below Dickens' expectations, and the financial strain caused rifts between Dickens and the original publisher, Chapman & Hall.

First Edition Identification

The initial publication of A Christmas Carol was challenged by several issues, and those issues are evident in some of the first edition identification notes. The final product of the first edition was printed with a red cloth binding with gilded pages and yellow endpapers. The very first copies were printed with green endpapers, and those copies are exceptionally rare.

The first edition contains four colored illustrations and four black and white illustrations. In the first edition, Stave I is printed with the roman numeral, while later editions spell out the number to be printed as Stave One.