The Chimes. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Introduction by Edward Wagenknecht.

The Chimes. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Introduction by Edward Wagenknecht.
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New York: Limited Editions Club, 1931. Small folio, xxxiv, (3), 128, (1)pp. With 20 b/w illustrations (6 full-page). Original tan buckram, backstrip darkened, in the original illustrated slipcase. Limited to 1500 copies signed by Rackham, printed by George W. Jones. An attractive version in good condition. Dickens wrote this short tale to follow “A Christmas Carol” and it was the second of his five Christmas books. Forster, Dickens’s first biographer, notes: “When he came therefore to think of his new story for Christmas time, he resolved to make it a plea for the poor ... He was to try and convert Society, as he had converted Scrooge, by showing that its happiness rested on the same foundations as those of the individual, which are mercy and charity not less than justice.” (Item Id: 106445)

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