A decent (very good plus) copy. First edition, second state, with end advert for new edition of Oliver Twist. Repair to lower left spine. Some bumping/rubbing to cover. Slightly cocked. Front hinge split but reasonably firm. Internally sound, with age-fading round the edges of the pages, but no foxing. 174+2 pages, gilt-edged. $185 (+ $20 airmail and insurance)
This is the third of Dickens's five Christmas books. John Peerybingle is much younger than his wife Dot and becomes worried that she may be having an affair. He consults the spirit of the cricket on the hearth, which Dot has said brings luck and is reassured that all will be well. Dickens took up the theme in David Copperfield, where Dr. Strong nurses similar doubts about his much younger wife.
with some damage to the spine. Front hinge cracked but firm.
Slightly cocked. Very sound internally. Issue point: this is one of
very few copies in which the "E" of "EXTRAORDINARY" on the copyright
page is not slightly raised. 2 + 188 pages. $185 (+ $20 posting and
The central character of this story is a chemistry professor called Mr. Redlaw. He is visited on Christmas Eve by his phantom double, who gives him the gift of forgetting his painful memories of the past. This gift gets passed on to others who come into contact with him, including Philip Swidger, an old man whose happiness stems from his memories of the past, and other members of his family, who are adversely affected. In the end the spell is lifted by Milly Swidger, whose good nature is based on her sad memories of her dead child.