References

Dickens, Charles. Christmas Stories from "Household Words" and "All The Year Round". Centenary Edition. 36 vols. London: Chapman & Hall; New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911

The two volumes containing the Christmas stories do not indicate where they fall in the 36-volume sequence. The plates were almost certainly copied from the Charles Dickens Edition of 1871, and the "Bibliographical Note" on the verso of the title-page makes reference to it, although its text has been augmented by five stories from "Reprinted Pieces" and two others, "What Christmas Is As We Grow Older" and "The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices," "which were not always included in the collected works of the novelist."

For its Library Edition in the 1860s, Chapman and Hall commissioned a new series of plates by contemporary artists such as Marcus Stone and Fred Walker. It re-used these 1860s plates in the Centenary Edition of 1911 (perhaps C & H were thinking that the books would not reach most booksellers throughout the UK until the next year) [PVA]


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