frontispiece and title page
The New York Public Library, Berg Collection of
English and American Literature

A fragment of Dickens's original manuscript of The Pickwick Papers, coming from chapter 28, the famous "Good-humoured Christmas Chapter."
Set at Dingley Dell, this warmly nostalgic chapter was first published in December 1836, and often appears separately in collections of Dickens's Christmas stories. It is titled descriptively, in full: "A Good-humoured Christmas Chapter, containing an Account of a Wedding, and Some Other Sports Beside: Which Although in Their Way, Even as Good Customs as Marriage Itself, Are Not Quite so Religiously Kept Up, in These Degenerate Times."

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days, that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!"

--Charles Dickens, from chapter 28, the "Good-humoured Christmas Chapter," in The Pickwick Papers