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A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens with illustrations by Chris Burke

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Charles Dickens' classic Christmas story retains its place as a book to return to; a cautionary tale about greed, misery and misanthropy, it still resonates today. We follow the text of the first issue, published in 1843, and have added eight plates: four colour and four black and white, as well as an original pencil sketch made while planning the illustrations that has been signed and numbered by Chris Burke.

Christmas future

The book is printed on Magnani paper in 12 point Bell with a decorative running border on each page. Eight specials were reserved before publication, the remaining 192 copies of the edition of 200 are bound in paper printed with an original wood-type ornament from the nineteenth century over boards with a red cloth spine and a printed paper label. A matching slipcase is supplied with the book.

Dickens with plum pudding

Named Cartoonist of the Year 2000, Chris Burke has contributed illustrations to the Financial Times, designed covers for Virgin Records, and advertising for Guinness, as well as the murals in Ottakar's bookshops. His illustrations for A Christmas Carol reinterpret a well loved classic. Using clear, vibrant colours and a masterful use of line, Burke brings a freshness to the story. His uncanny ability to catch a likeness, whether a real person, like Margaret Thatcher, or equally recognisable fictional characters, like Scrooge or Tiny Tim, allows him to update Dickens even as he remains faithful to the spirit of the text.

Find out more about Chris Burke, and see more of his work on his website.

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Please note that all the sets of sheets available for this book have already been "forwarded", that is, sewn on tabs, in the workshop of Stephen Conway. If you are not certain what this means to your hand binding, please email us for clarification before buying a set of sheets.


Last updated 13 May 2016