First Edition Dickens Classic Offered at Library Book Sale

By Carla Charter

NEWTOWN, CT.- The 44th annual Friends of the C.H. Booth Book sale is offering a unique purchase for the right buyer. A first edition of the Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

The book was received as a donation in over a year ago along with a first edition of another Dickens book, The Cricket on the Hearth. Both books had matching bindings and the same bookplate. “The person who owned the Dickens books was Yale graduate Ganson Goodyear Depew. He left Yale to join a World War I Aviation Unit. When the war was over, he came back to Yale and graduated in 1919 and received a law degree in 1922 and died in 1924,” said John Renjilian, Rare Book Specialist who assists with the book sale.  First editions are determined by points, like missing letter, type or other distinguishing characteristics, he said.

At the sale the Dickens Book will be bundled with the Cricket in the Hearth book and a facsimile. a 1920 copy of the Christmas Carol and offered for the price of $3,200. Other first edition books for sale will include Mark Twain’s Innocents Abroad for $75 and a first edition of Hemingway’s The Moveable Feast for $40.

The Book sale is sponsored by the friends of the C.H. Booth Library with proceeds benefitting library programs and services. The sale will be held today from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m.-7p.m. at the Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trade Lane, Newtown, Connecticut.