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.
The 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 . . .