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A Christmas Carol
Illustrated by Michael Foreman
Michael Foreman’s illustrations perfectly complement Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol in this stunning Folio Society edition, revised with hardcover and slipcase. A striking red binding adds a suitably seasonal flourish.
There is nothing more Dickensian than the Dickens Christmas. His was a vision of sizzling geese with the stuffing falling out, puddings like cannonballs blazing with brandy, bowls of punch, hordes of children and Dickens himself in the role of storyteller. And nowhere was his vision more ebulliently immortalised than in A Christmas Carol. Resplendent in a seasonal red cloth binding, with deep green endpapers, A Christmas Carol features a capering Scrooge on the front, while the spectre of the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come lurks expectantly on the spine and back cover. Michael Foreman’s atmospheric black-and-white illustrations evoke both the ghostly nature and the sprightly humour of this classic story.
Bound in blocked cloth
Set in Centaur
29 integrated black & white illustrations
Red printing on title page
Coloured page tops
9˝ x 5¾˝
Celebrating the seasonal nature of this classic tale, the edition is designed around traditional Christmas colours of red and green, with metallic blocking on the binding. Illustrated by renowned children’s book illustrator Michael Foreman, there is a wonderful sense of nostalgia as Dickens’s memorable characters intertwine with the story in 29 integrated black-and-white drawings. Foreman also created the distinctive binding design that features Scrooge, as Dickens himself would have pictured him.
I will live in the past, the present, and the future. The spirits of all three shall strive within me.
When the cruel and hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge retires to his bed on Christmas Eve, he is visited by three spirits: the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet To Come. Faced with the lost opportunities of his own past, the cold loneliness of his present, and the terrible future that awaits him, Scrooge is transformed. This classic Christmas story, a long beloved feature of the festive season, is now synonymous with the holiday itself. This is Dickens in miniature, containing all the pathos, wonder and imagination of his longer novels, as well as the best-loved hallmarks of the ghost-story tradition: clanging chains, hooded figures and creeping terror. But Dickens’s main intention was, in his own words, to create a ‘kind of whimsical masque which the good-humour of the season justified, to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts’.
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