MERRYMOUNT PRESS. UPDIKE, D.B. DICKENS, Charles. ~ The Life of Our Lord; written during the years 1846-1849. By Charles Dickens for his children and now first published.
No. 1522 of 2387 numbered copies. Designed by Updike and printed at The Merrymount Press, published simultaneously with the trade edition. Pp. x  128 . 135 x 8vo., original decorative parchment with elaborate design blocked in blind, gilt lettering on spine, t.e.g, largely unopened, in the original slipcase with paper spine label (mildly worn and faded).
Written around the time he was completing ‘David Copperfield’, Dickens wrote this extended letter – a simple account of the life of Jesus – to his children, but refused to permit publication of it during his lifetime. Dickens referred to this work in a letter to John M. Makeham, who had accused him of irreverence in a passage of ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’.