On this day: the publication of A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition. Title page. 1843.

The original 1843 title page.

Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol, was first published on the 19th of December, 1843.

Dickens began the book in September, and it was completed by early December. It took him six weeks to write.

The original copies were sold for five shillings, which would make their value about £22 today. The first run of six-thousand copies was sold out by Christmas Eve.

You can download A Christmas Carol to read for free (Australia, USA, CanadaBritain).

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