London: Chapman & Hall, 1849. First Edition. Hardcover. Original pink wrappers bound in at rear. Binding signed by Samuel Tout. The Victorian binder worked in London from 1868-79 and later partnered with William Coward in a bindery in Whitechapel, returning to an independent shop in 1880 at the same location.
14 hand colored plates plus preliminaries. First edition of the third of Thackeray's Christmas books.
Bookplate (ex libris) designed by famed designer Konrad Cramer (well-known American-German abstract/cubist artist, 1888-1963) for Elsa Simonson Milius (painter, d1933). Also bears armorial bookplate of Claire Mendel, noted German Consul and collector. Fine. Owners bookplates at front pastedown, else tight, bright, and unmarred. Signed full dark brown leather binding, 5 raised bands, gilt lettering and decorative elements, dentelles, printed silk endpapers, frontispiece, tissue guards, aeg. 8vo. 49pp. Illus. (colored plates). Item #10259