Phillips Library advent calendar, December 22

Marley's Ghost, From A Christmas Carol, 1887

Marley’s Ghost, A Christmas Carol, 1887


The Christmas Carol
has been one of the most popular holiday stories since Charles Dickens first published it in December 1843, financing the costs of publication himself.  In the preface to the first edition of the text, Dickens writes:

I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the
Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of
humour themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.
May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

Cover-AChristmasCarol-18875-256x300The 1887 edition held by the library was illustrated by I. M. Gaugengigl and T. V. Chominski.  The December 1886 issue of The Literary News praises the photogravure work of these illustrators.  Several of the designs are surrounded by ornamental designs in bronze, and Christmas holly, mistletoe and good cheer are liberally and tastefully introduced throughout . . .

The following three illustrations depict the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future:
Ghost of Christmas Past, A Christmas Carol, 1887
Ghost of Christmas Past, A Christmas Carol, 1887
Ghost of Christmas Present, A Christmas Carol, 1887
Ghost of Christmas Present, A Christmas Carol, 1887
Ghost of Christmas Future, A Christmas Carol, 1887
Ghost of Christmas Future, A Christmas Carol, 1887

See PHILCAT to learn more about this item and to view our holdings authored by Dickens. This post originally appeared on Conversant,  the Phillips Library blog.

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