London: Pan Books, 1945. FIRST PAN EDITION. Slim octavo, pp.117. With lithographic reproductions of the original illustrations. Publisher's red cloth with titles in gilt, illustrated dust-wrapper. Discreet gift note from 1945, rare jacket with a sizeable chip to front panel (not affecting lettering or artwork), torn to fold, chips to extremities. Shows well. A presentable copy of a particularly scarce and important book; the famous paperback publisher Pan was founded in 1944 and produced their first two books in 1945, being this title and a softcover collection of ghost stories. A Christmas Carol is therefore the first ever hardcover volume issued by Pan and is also the closest possible printing to any centennial commemoration; the jacket blurb explains "amid the stresses and shortages of the war no special centenary edition was issued in Great Britain during 1943. The present edition was planned to appear in time for the first Christmas of Peace on Earth" Item #47935
Listed in 100 Books That Shaped World History [Raftery, 2002]. Also The Observer; All-Time 100 Best Novels , BBC Big Read (200 Best Novels) .
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