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A Christmas Carol

A Reproduction of a 1916 Illuminated Manuscript Edition

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Charles Dickens’s short novel A Christmas Carol was first published in December 1843. It met with immediate critical acclaim, and the first edition sold out within days, inspiring a whole genre of Victorian Christmas books. A Christmas Carol has remained hugely popular ever since, and its main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, has become a byword for miserliness. However, like all good fairy tales, Dickens’s story has a happy ending. Confronted by the ghosts of Christmas past, Christmas present and Christmas yet to come, Scrooge sees the error of his ways, and he is filled with the Christmas spirit of kindness and generosity.

The first edition of A Christmas Carol was illustrated by John Leech, and the book has been a favourite with illustrators ever since. The Manchester artist Alan L. Tabor (1883-1957) created this richly illuminated manuscript of A Christmas Carol, which was published in facsimile by George G. Harrap in 1916. Tabor wrote the entire text by hand and decorated it in the medieval style. His widow donated the manuscript to the John Rylands Library in 1958.

This is an eBookTreasures facsimile edition.

Every effort has been made to locate the copyright holder of this work. We would be grateful for any information concerning copyright, and the publisher will withdraw the work immediately on the copyright holder's request.

From Publishers Weekly

26 October 2009 – Helquist's vision of the classic story depicts a hawkish Scrooge (who's a cadaverous shade of green) against a backdrop of bustling Victorian streets, with pleasing touches of detail, humor and a few frightful strokes. When the clock strikes one, announcing the arrival of the first ghost, the moon hangs in an unholy green sky, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come stands in a tattered cloak, surrounded by eddying mists (but also draped with strings of Christmas lights). The eye-catching art makes a strong pairing to the accessible abridgment of Dickens's text. Ages 5 up.


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A Christmas Carol
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  • Category: Classics
  • Published: 10 November 2011
  • Publisher: John Rylands Library
  • Print Length: 114 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.2 or later and iOS 4.2 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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