Ebeneezer Scrooge Inspiration - 1815 Life of the Late John Elwes Book


This 1815 edition of the book: 'The Life of the Late John Elwes, Esquire; Member in Three Successive Parliaments for Berkshire' was written by Edward Topham, Esquire Late Captain in the second troop of Horse Guards, and Magistrate for the counties of Essex and York. It is the story of John Elwes who was a very rich but well-known miser who was so miserly that he would eat a what we now call 'road kill' instead of buying fresh meat. He is thought to be the inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge in 'A Christmas Carol' written by Charles Dickens.

A beautiful and rare little book, it was published in Poughkeepsie, NY by Paraclete Potter.  It is in good shape with foxing on the pages but the cardboard covers and leather spine are intact and in good condition.

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