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A Christmas Carol: The Original 1843 Manuscript

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Go behind the scenes with Steve to see how Dickens wrote this classic, and the Morgan restored it.

The one and only full-color facsimile of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol

It was already October and Charles Dickens was determined to have his ghost of an idea published in time for Christmas 1843. And so began six weeks of furious, dogged, rapid writing of that most beloved classic, A Christmas Carol. Come watch Dickens compose the endearing tale, page by page, crossing out, changing names, adding text — his black-inked quill pen fairly flying across every page of the fine paper he used.

“My own, and only, manuscript,” Dickens scrawled on the cover page. And now, the one and only full-color facsimile, made possible by The Morgan Library & Museum, keepers of the priceless handwritten draft. The Morgan lovingly restored each page to its original state before digitizing it, so that you come to each sheet of paper as Dickens would have. A fascinating back-story by Morgan curator Declan Kiely puts you right there with Dickens as he labors over his little book. And still another delight: a newly discovered photograph of Dickens, never before published. Buy this collector’s edition speedily — it is the one and only opportunity you will have to own this treasure. Only from Levenger.

  • First-ever full-color facsimile of Dickens’s manuscript of A Christmas Carol
  • Created in partnership with The Morgan Library & Museum, New York
  • Every page of Dickens’s writing has been fully restored by the Morgan
  • Introduction by Morgan curator Declan Kiely gives the back-story on how Dickens wrote this classic
  • Includes an authoritative typed transcription of each handwritten page
  • Includes a photograph of Dickens never before published
  • Collector’s edition and a beautiful gift book
  • Cover features the image from the 1843 edition
  • Hardcover bound in crimson linen with gold foil stamping
  • Smythe-sewn binding for longevity
  • Archival paper selected to match the color of Dickens’s manuscript paper
  • 176 pages, 8 1/2 x 10 1/2
  • Printed in America
  • Not in the bookstores — only from Levenger

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