A Christmas Carol - and - The Cricket on the Hearth - Charles Dickens, George Alfred Williams (illustrator) 1905 - The Baker & Taylor Company, New York - First Edition illustrated by Williams Elegantly bound volume of Charles Dickens’ two beloved Christmas tales, illustrated with ten full page colour plates by George Alfred Williams.

A Christmas Carol – When old, surly Ebenezer Scrooge receives a visit from the ghost of Marley, his late business partner, on Christmas eve, he beholds a series of visions of the past, present, and future that make him decide to amend his ways…

The Cricket on the Hearth – The cricket ‘is a sort of barometer of life at the home of John Peerybingle and his much younger wife Dot. When things go well, the cricket on the hearth chirps; it is silent when there is sorrow. Tackleton, a jealous old man, poisons John’s mind about Dot, but the cricket through its supernatural powers restores John’s confidence and all ends happily’ (Britannica)
  ‘After the success attained with A Christmas Carol in 1843 Dickens continued the series throughout the 1840s, maintaining what he called "the Carol philosophy" to "strike a sledgehammer blow" for the poor, uneducated, and repressed. In typical Dickens fashion he drove his message home with a mixture of humour and good cheer’. – David Purdue.

References: Drabble,
The Oxford Companion to English Literature 201.

Large octavo (binding size 23.1x18.5cm), pp. [6] iv [6] 11-198 [4].
  Finely bound in full scarlet morocco, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, top edge gilt others trimmed, marbled endpapers.   Condition: Near fine, slight foxing to captioned frontispiece tissue guard, in fine binding   Ref: 110149   Price: HK$ 3,500