The Faces in the Fire the Shadows on the Wall; with Other Tales and Sketches - George Frederick Pardon, T. H. Nicholson (illustrator) 1856 - James Blackwood, London - First Edition Thus A bizarre, yet fascinating ‘copycat’ take on the success of Dickens’ yuletide publications, although denied in Pardon’s introduction, together with a new Christmas tale and other sketches previously unpublished.

With wonderful four hand-coloured engravings and and ten black and white woodcut vignettes by artist T. H. Nicholson.
  Thomas Henry Nicholson (-1870) was a draughtsman, illustrator, engraver and sculptor, who excelled in equestrian subjects. Nicholson was the principal artist for Cassell’s Illustrated Family Paper .

Provenance: Sir Mervyn Lloyd Peel K.B.E. (1856-1929) of Danvrallt, Carmarthenshire, with his name in ink dated 1886.

References: Grolier/Eliot
‘A Ha! Christmas": An Exhibition at the Grolier Club of Jock Elliott's Christmas Books, 6 December 1999 through 29 January 2000’ ref.108. Houfe, The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914, 400.

Octavo: (17 x 11 cm). pp. [2] viii [2] 11-270. In publisher’s blue cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, gilt illustration to front board, and blind patterns applied to border of front and rear boards, all edges gilt, yellow coated endpapers.
  Condition: Very good, wear to spine ends and corners, outer cloth splitting along spine edges, light soiling to endpapers, inner hinges weak.   Ref: 108579   Price: HK$ 1,200