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42. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, with art by Ida Applebroog

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, with an introduction by Paul Davis and 50 illustrations by Ida Applebroog, 1993.

Page showing the blessing by Tiny Tim.Dickens' Christmas Carol was first published in 1843. The Arion edition marks its 150th anniversary and honors this perennial favorite with a treatment that is traditional and contemporary by turns. Paul Davis is Professor of English Literature at the University of New Mexico and an authority on Charles Dickens. His introduction traces the history of illustrated editions of the Carol. The artist Ida Applebroog has achieved wide-spread recognition for her appropriated images in paintings, drawings, and prints. She pays homage to earlier illustrators of this classic while making familiar depictions of Scrooge, the ghosts, and Tiny Tim into new works of art in her own style.

EDITIONS & PRICES

Format: 10 by 13 inches, 116 pages. The types are Gloucester Old Style and Cheltenham Bold, handset, printed in black, red, and green inks. The drawings were printed from photopolymer plates in brown and yellow inks. The paper is French mouldmade Rives heavyweight. The binding is full green cloth, with inset paper panels on front cover and spine, in a cloth and paper slipcase. Numbered and signed by the artist. Edition of 200 copies, $685.00. Out of print.

Mounted, hand-colored prints from extra suite by Ida Applebroog, as tableau.
Mounted, hand-colored prints from extra suite by Ida Applebroog, as tableau.

An extra suite of eighteen hand-colored prints by Applebroog was issued with the book, which forms a tableau when the mounted prints are stood up on their folding stands. The images are in black ink with tints in watercolor of purple-grey, dusty rose, and pale yellow. The prints vary in size within 10 by 13 inches. Contained in a cloth box. Limitation panel numbered and signed by the artist. Edition of 25 copies, sold with the book, $1,500.00. Out of print.

Box for suite of prints, slipcase, binding, with drawings by Ida Applebroog.
Box for suite of prints, slipcase, binding, with drawings by Ida Applebroog.

Scroog and his younger self
Pair of pages showing Scrooge and his younger self.

Scrooge in bed
Pair of pages showing Scrooge in bed.


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Book Edition: The format 10 by 13 inches, 116 pages. The binding is full green cloth, in slipcase. Numbered and signed by the artist. The edition is limited to 200 copies for sale. Price: $685. Out of print.

Suite Edition: Eighteen hand-colored prints by Ida Applebroog, in various sizes, in cloth box. Signed by the artist. The edition is limited to 25 copies for sale, sold with the book. Price: $1,500. Out of print.


Special offer: The book, from the lettered edition of 26, in original binding. Together with the suite, one of 5 copies designated P/P. Price: $2,500. Limited availability, please enquire.