First edition. The book is firmly bound in the publisher’s red cloth, lettered in gilt to the spine with decoration in blind to the boards, the extremities are bumped and rubbed, there are some minor stains and the spine is slightly darkened. The text block is slightly toned and dusty with some very minor marks and light spots of foxing, there is also a neatly written name in pencil to the front endpaper, to the rear is an eight page publisher’s catalogue dated 1861. The last series of Royal Institution Christmas lectures given by Faraday himself(he gave nineteen in total having begun the tradition in 1825) and one of the most influential and affectionately remembered. A charming little book, almost as integrally linked with the spirit of Christmas as Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol'(or is that only in my house?!) and rather uncommon as a first edition.