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Dickens Charles A Christmas Carol

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

The holiday season would be considered incomplete without a reading or performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This classic winter tale of greed and redemption serves as an annual reminder there is always room in your heart for kindness to others. For book collectors, this is the apex of works by Dickens who has penned myriad well-known titles including Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations. The reddish-brown cloth first edition of A Christmas Carol published in 1843 (London) by Chapman and Hall boasts a two-color title page in red and blue. There is a gilt wreath and title on the cover, gilt lettering on the spine, and inside includes 4 hand-colored plates and illustrations by John Leech. First edition, first issues in excellent condition can command as much as $20,000 but first edition, second issues in lesser condition can be found in the $2,000-$5,000 range. Later published editions are accessible for hundreds of dollars. No Dickens collection is complete without it.

We collected a sample of 76 auction results of Dickens, Charles's A Christmas Carol from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $54 and the highest overall price realized was $22705. The overall average price was $2094 and the median price realized for the book was $900. There were 22 auctions (41%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 16 auctions (30%) exceeding the high estimates, and 16 auctions (30%) within the range of the low and high estimates.

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
PBA August 31, 2017 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Heinemann 1915 $1000-$1500 $1320 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA July 27, 2017 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol New York Holiday House 1940 $250-$350 $450 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA June 15, 2017 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas Philadelphia Carey and Hart 1844 $1500-$2500 $1440 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 7, 2017 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Heinemann 1915 - $1875 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA May 4, 2017 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 $4000-$6000 $3600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA May 4, 2017 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Heinemann / Lippincott 1915 $400-$600 $420 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann November 10, 2016 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 $5000-$7500 $7500 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 10, 2016 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas New York Harper and Brothers 1844 $1500-$2500 $2125 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA June 30, 2016 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas San Francisco Arion Press 1993 $500-$800 $390 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 8, 2016 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 - $3177 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA August 6, 2015 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas San Francisco Arion Press 1993 $500-$800 $450 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA July 9, 2015 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol Boston Limited Editions Club 1934 $150-$250 $144 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA May 28, 2015 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol East Aurora, NY The Roycroft Shop 1922 $300-$500 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA May 28, 2015 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose Being a Ghost Story of Yule-Tide East Aurora, NY The Roycroft Shop 1902 $500-$700 $720 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA May 28, 2015 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose Being a Ghost Story of Yule-Tide East Aurora, NY The Roycroft Shop 1922 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 13, 2015 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 - $2375 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA March 19, 2015 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol Philadelphia Lippincott 1915 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 25, 2014 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 - $1086 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams September 22, 2014 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Heinemann 1915 - $3750 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 18, 2014 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 - $6688 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann May 7, 2014 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London 1915 $800-$1200 $2125 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann October 24, 2013 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol 1915 $3000-$4000 $5500 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA August 8, 2013 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol Philadelphia Lippincott 1915 $300-$500 $228 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann June 20, 2013 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 $1800-$2500 $4320 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 19, 2013 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 - $3009 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA June 13, 2013 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol Philadelphia Lippincott 1915 $200-$300 $330 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 14, 2013 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Heinemann 1915 $300-$500 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 19, 2013 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Heinemann 1915 - $1170 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA November 8, 2012 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Heinemann / Lippincott 1915 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams September 25, 2012 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Heinemann 1915 - $367 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA August 2, 2012 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas San Francisco Ransohoffs 1950 $100-$150 $84 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA May 10, 2012 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol East Aurora, NY The Roycroft Shop 1902 $1000-$1500 $900 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 5, 2012 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol No place William Edwin Rudge 1930 $200-$300 $330 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams December 15, 2011 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 - $8125 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann May 12, 2011 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London 1915 $1200-$1800 $1560 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 13, 2011 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Bradbury and Evans 1846 - $732 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 4, 2010 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 - $2196 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann June 17, 2010 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas London 1843 $2000-$3000 $2880 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA April 15, 2010 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas Troy, NY Nims and Knight 1890 $300-$500 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 15, 2010 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas London King Penguin Books 1946 $200-$300 $270 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 4, 2010 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol Philadelphia Lippincott 1915 $250-$350 $330 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 4, 2010 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol Chicago Monastery Hill Press for Holiday House 1940 $150-$250 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams December 15, 2009 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol San Francisco Arion Press 1993 - $396 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA October 8, 2009 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol San Francisco Ransohoffs 1950 $250-$350 $156 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann October 1, 2009 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 $2000-$3000 $3360 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann May 5, 2009 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol San Francisco 1973 $800-$1200 $900 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA April 30, 2009 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 $3000-$5000 $1800 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann March 12, 2009 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol San Francisco 1993 $500-$750 $338 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA December 11, 2008 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol Boston Limited Editions Club 1934 $200-$300 $132 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 9, 2008 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1844 $600-$900 $510 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA May 8, 2008 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas San Francisco Arion Press 1993 $500-$800 $660 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 10, 2008 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol San Francisco Ransohoffs 1950 $200-$300 $204 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 20, 2007 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 - $2400 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA March 29, 2007 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Bradbury and Evans 1858 $200-$300 $240 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA February 22, 2007 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas London Chapman and Hall 1843 $10000-$15000 $9000 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams December 4, 2006 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Heinemann 1915 - $7170 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann October 12, 2006 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol New York 1915 $150-$250 $450 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 10, 2006 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 - $5658 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 10, 2006 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol Perpetua 1961 - $974 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 19, 2006 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 - $22705 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA February 9, 2006 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol Philadelphia Lippincott 1915 $1200-$1800 $1440 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams September 20, 2005 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Heinemann 1915 - $2728 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA July 14, 2005 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Heinemann / Lippincott 1915 $150-$250 $300 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA May 5, 2005 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Heinemann / Lippincott 1915 $1200-$1800 $2160 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 21, 2005 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Heinemann / Lippincott 1915 $150-$250 $270 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 16, 2004 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Heinemann 1915 - $287 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA October 14, 2004 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas San Francisco Ransohoffs 1950 $80-$120 $54 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann September 30, 2004 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London 1915 $800-$1200 $2300 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann September 30, 2004 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London 1915 $600-$900 $978 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann September 30, 2004 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol Philadelphia 1915 $1200-$1800 $2185 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 20, 2003 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London 1915 $1000-$2000 $1840 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 20, 2003 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol Chicago Monastery Hill Press 1940 $400-$600 $374 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA April 8, 2003 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas Boston Ticknor and Fields 1869 $150-$250 $192 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 11, 2003 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol London Chapman and Hall 1843 - $12574 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams January 20, 2003 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol 1917 - $1131 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann September 26, 2002 Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol Chicago 1938 $150-$250 $259 Swann Copies for Sale