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    My 83 year old grandmother gave me this book, she's had it since World War II. It was printed during the war, when Hitler forbade such things and paper was scarce. I'd have to ask her again for the artist's name, it may be part of the handwritten script, I just, sadly, cannot read German. I could have the story wrong about when it was printed. I do know it was done with linoleum plates and my great-grandfather helped edit it. There is also a card in the back from the doctor that invested the money for the books to be done. I also seem to remember her telling me there was less than 20 (I want to say 12) made. Any information on this book would be greatly appreciated. It is *NOT* for sale under any circumstances. I'm more curious if anyone else has ever seen anything like this before. I have a few more things she brought with her (she came over in 1954) and none are as unusual as this book. I do also have more pictures, if anyone is interested in seeing them...

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 years ago
      How large is the book? Is it a book or a pamphlet? The number of pages?
      I think it should have 5 pictures.

      The linocuts seem to be by K.H. Blase. (Karl-Heinz Blase)

      This is copy number 10.

      The date seems to be Christmas 1948.

      In English we know the text as " a Christmas Carol" which is short for "A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas" by Charles Dickens.

      In German the title is "Ein Weihnachtslied in Prosa, oder Eine Geistergeschichte zum Christfest, deutsch meist Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte".

      The author KH Blase has also dedicated this copy to your relative in the first picture. The name of your relative is a bit unclear to me: Vim Porvig (?)

      I really like the illustration and the text. I think you have a wonderful book!

      I'm not sure if this is part of the Dickens text in German or all of it.

      Die Weihnachts Geschichte (Limited Edition) by Charles Dickens and Karl-Heinz Blase (Pamphlet - 1948)
      I think there was a larger reprinting of 3000 copies by Otto Contius of Solingen.

      I'd be interested to see the rest of the work.

      Good luck with your research into this family heirloom.

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