Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was an instant publishing success, and it remains a beloved piece of literature today, celebrated during the Christmas season around the world. The first edition, printed in 1843, includes four hand-colored steel engravings by John Leech. Our copy of this work comes from the collection of James Wallace, a collector of children’s books with a fine eye for condition and rarity. Several of the high points in children’s literature from our collections were obtained by Wallace.
Thoughout the month of December we will be consecutively displaying each of the four hand-colored illustrations. Stop by Special Collections on the third floor of the Main Library where it will be on display in the case just inside the doors.