London: William Heinemann, 1915. Item #04651
Edition de Luxe, Signed by Arthur Rackham
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: William Heinemann, .
Limited to 525 numbered copies, of which 500 are for sale in Great Britain, Ireland and Colonies (this copy being No. 56), signed by Arthur Rackham.
Large quarto (11 7/16 x 9 inches; 291 x 230 mm.). xv, [1, blank], 147,  pp. Twelve color plates mounted on heavy brown paper, with descriptive tissue guards printed in red, and twenty drawings in black and white. Title-page printed in red and black.
Original vellum over boards pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt on front cover and spine. Later yellow silk ties. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Gray and white pictorial endpapers. Later silk ties. Tiny (1/8 x 1/16 inch) red stain on rear cover, minimal wear to gilt. Armorial bookplate of Hagley Hall on front pastedown, engraved bookplate of Hylda Snow Paget on front free endpaper. Some light marginal foxing to endpapers and a few text leaves, still a very bright and near fine copy, the gilt on the spine far brighter than is usually seen.
"He [Rackham] is not usually remembered as an illustrator of Dickens, but A Christmas Carol (1915) was decidedly successful, for he contrived to adapt the tradition of 'Phiz' and Cruikshank to his own characteristic style in the pictures of Victorian London and at the same time found scope for his fantasy in the ghost scenes. We also find him here developing his special talent for silhouette, rare among illustrators…" (Derek Hudson. Arthur Rackham, p. 106).
Latimore and Haskell, pp. 44-45. Riall, pp. 124-125.