This selection of some of Dickens's most captivating stories is illustrated with handwritten manuscript pages, rare family photographs, and a splendid array of prints and drawings from the Library's special collections. The volume features the beloved A Christmas Carol, illustrated with Sol Eytinge's beautiful and tender drawings, which Dickens himself found "remarkable for a delicate perception of beauty"; the magical Christmas stories "The Haunted Man" and "A Christmas Tree"; a selection of the master's most gripping ghost stories, including "Nurse's Stories," "The Signal-Man," "The Story of the Bagman's Uncle," "To Be Taken with a Grain of Salt," and "The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton"; and three of Dickens's tales in their "reading versions," which Dickens specially prepared for his riveting public performances in the 1850s.
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The New York Public Library Collector's Editions
Favorite masterpieces of world literature illustrated by rare and beautiful materials from the Library's collections and featuring an elegant, distinctive design, with foil-trimmed covers with matching endpapers; compact, easy-to-hold size; and modern, readable type. Each book includes a biography of the author, a short essay about the images and artifacts from the Library used to illustrate the text, and suggestions for further reading.
421 pages, illustrated. Published by Doubleday, 1998.
Hardcover. 18.50. ISBN0-385-48725-8.