First American edition. An appealing Christmas story by this popular and prolific author, actually published late in 1847 to catch the holiday gift giving season. (The 1847 Merchants' Magazine commented in its review of this book on the "extremely neat typographical dress in which it appears." ) Illustrated with a frontispiece and two inserted engravings by Cruikshank. 242 pp. Good overall in blind stamped brown cloth with gilt lettering on the spine (cloth beginning to split at upper end of spine, some foxing almost throughout the book, and especially on the tissue guards in front of the engravings, previous owner's name.) While this was reprinted several times, in both England and the US, the first editions in each country are quite uncommon. .
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