THE FACES IN THE FIRE; A STORY FOR THE SEASON.

(London: Willoughby and Co., [1849]). 164 x 102 mm. (6 1/2 x 4"). x, [ii], 165, [1] pp. FIRST EDITION.

Pleasing early 20th century full polished calf by Morrell for John Wanamaker (stamp-signed in ink on front free endpaper), raised bands, spine gilt in compartments, red and green morocco labels, all edges gilt. Original cloth back and covers bound in at end. With hand-colored color frontispiece, engraved title, and two plates, and several black and white vignettes by Nicolson. A touch of rubbing to edges and tops of joints, a few very mild indentations on covers, light offsetting from illustrations and a couple of minor marginal blemishes, but still an excellent copy with only very trivial wear.

This amusing work is a direct imitation of Dickens' enormously successful Christmas Books, mimicking their appearance as well as their format and themes. Pardon (1824-84) was a journalist and editor who often wrote under the pseudonym "Rawdon Crawley;" according to the DNB, in addition to writing for numerous publications and the occasional book of fiction as found here, he also penned several works on billiards and other "Games for Gentlemen."
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