You may know “A Christmas Carol”, but do you know “The Chimes: A Goblin Story”?
Charles Dickens is well known for his classic Christmas story, A Christmas Carol. Did you know that it was the first in a series of five Christmas books that he wrote from 1843-1848?
Following the success of A Christmas Carol in 1843, Dickens produced four other Christmas titles including The Chimes: A Goblin Story, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life: A Love Story, and The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain. The succeeding titles never reached the same level of popularity as A Christmas Carol, which has not been out of print since it was first written.
Now, did you know that you can find these early copies of the Dickens Christmas series in our rare books collection?
Visit the Library to take a look at these and more:
A Christmas Carol: In prose. Being a ghost story of Christmas, Charles Dickens. London: Chapman & Hall: 1843. Call No. (RAR) PR4572.C68 1843
The Chimes: A goblin story of some bells that rang an old year out and a new year in, Charles Dickens. London: Bradbury, 1845. Call No: (RAR) PR4572.C5 1845
The Cricket on the Hearth: A fairy tale of home, Charles Dickens. London: Bradbury, 1845. Call No: (RAR) PR4572.C78 1846
The Battle of Life: A love story, Charles Dickens. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. Call No: (RAR) PR4572.B2 1846
The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain: A fancy for Christmas-time, Charles Dickens. London: Bradbury, 1848. Call No: (RAR) PR4572.H3 1848