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Charles Dickens's immortal story of Christmas…

Personally signed by Award-Winning Artist Mark Summers

Charles Dickens's timeless tale of miser Ebenezer Scrooge’s Christmas redemption is beautifully brought to life with magnificent illustrations by Mark Summers. Here are all the beloved characters from Tiny Tim to the three Ghosts of Christmas. Each book has been personally signed by Mark Summers.

With its premium leather binding, a hubbed spine accented with true 22kt gold, and gilded page ends, this luxurious volume is the state-of-the-art in fine bookmaking.

7 7/8” x 11 7/8”, 144pp
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Features include:

- Fully bound in genuine leather.
- 22kt gold accents deeply inlaid on the "hubbed" spine.
- Specially commissioned art exclusive to this volume by Mark Summer.  Personally signed by Mark Summers.
- Illustrated and signed page.
- Heavy duty binding boards enhance the book’s durability.
- Superbly printed on acid-neutral paper that lasts for generations.
- Sewn pages – not just glued like ordinary books.
- Handsome illustrated endpages and a satin-ribbon page marker.
- Gilded page ends.
- Printed and bound in the USA.
- Rigorous inspection at every stage ensures adherence to our exacting standards.
- Superb craftsmanship and commitment to quality.

Printed on archival quality, acid-neutral paper that conforms to all guidelines established for permanence and durability by the Council of Library Resources and the American National Standards Institute.

Standard shipping included at no additional charge.

About the Book

Charles Dickens's immortal story of Christmas…

It's rare a work of fiction that changes social traditions and even inspires people to behave better, but that is what A Christmas Carol achieved almost from the day of its publication on December 19, 1843.

Appearing at a moment when the British were both increasingly family oriented and nostalgic for rapidly disappearing rural yuletide traditions, Dickens' “a Ghost Story of Christmas” created an ideal of the holiday that we still cherish today.

Dickens and his story became so associated with Christmas that when he died in 1870, a young Cockney girl was heard to wail, “Dickens dead! Then will Father Christmas die, too?”

Now, Easton Press presents this beloved classic with the wonderful illustrations of Mark Summers: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, a leather-bound Collector's Edition personally signed by the multi-award winning artist, Mark Summers.

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

Dickens loved his childhood Christmases, but it was a far less happy childhood memory that initially inspired A Christmas Carol, a memory recalled by an 1843 government report on child labor. Dickens himself had at age twelve been sent to work 10-hour days in a rat-infested factory, and the report so incensed him that he resolved to publish a pamphlet protesting the exploitation of the poor.

Dickens quickly realized a story would be more effective than a polemic. In October 1843 he visited Manchester, and stunned by the poverty of the world's first “industrial” city, Dickens conceived the tale of a greedy businessman transformed by an eerie Christmas Eve visitation. Six weeks later, A Christmas Carol was complete.

The Collector's Edition A Christmas Carol features the artwork of internationally lauded illustrator, Mark Summers. The acknowledged modern master of “scratchboard,” a meticulous form of direct engraving, Summers' distinctive illustrations combine the classical detail of Albrecht Dürer and the great Victorian caricaturists with a modern sensibility and unique gift for revealing a character's emotions.

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