Boston, MA: Smith & Porter Press, 1924. Hard Cover. First Edition. First Smith & Porter Press edition. 18 pp. Patterned paper covered boards, faux vellum spine. Printed in an edition of 220 copies by Herbert G. Porter for Christmas, 1924, this is copy #115. Previous owner's bookplate laid in. Very Good.
Boston: L.C. Page & Company, 1909. Hardcover. Stated First. 192 pp. Color ills. Sage green cover has black rules front and spine with red lettering. Front has a full-cover design of a gilt candlestick with seven branches, a child in place of each candle plus one small tot at the base. Cover is edgeworn, corners lightly bumped. Lightly soiled, with four small rips in the fabric on back of spine. Hinges starting. Ivory eps have a green garland design surrounding the outline in red of four girls. Fep w/bookplate of library, rear eps with sign-out form on frep and card & pocket oppsite. Half-title has inked greetings. Library #s on dedication page. There is a small mark in upper corner of first four pps. Sentimental...
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. Bllue Paper Over Boards. First. Unpag. Color ills. Cover has embossed design on front. Rose-color backstrip with silver lettering on spine. Eps have lovely pastel design of a rocking horse and a drum. Dj with bright pictorial cover has white lettering on blue spine. There is a small closed tear at upper front edge, and the dj shows at bit of wear at extremities. This is a beautifully designed and executed book telling a Christmas legend of 19th-century Sweden. Every page is embellished with border designs. Very Good Plus / Very Good.
Boston, Massachusetts: Rufus Leighton, Jr., 1859. Hardcover. First Edition. 46 pp. 8vo. Subtitle, "A.D. I. and MDCCCLV. A Christmas Story for MDCCCLVI." Textured green cloth binding is stamped in blind on both covers. Front cover is embellished with bright gilt on the lettering and wreath. Spine ends and corners are bumped and rubbed. Page edges are aged and soiled. Chocolate-colored endpapers. Interior is slightly aged, but clean, crisp and tight. Very Good.
Siegl, Helen. West Burke, VT: The Janus Press, 1976. Hard Cover. First Edition. Unpag. A Christmas Keepsake produced by the Janus Press. Light purple paper wraps with a French flap. Handset in Spectrum and Bembo, printed on Hosho special, Miliani Ingres, Strathmore. Light staining spots along head of text block.
300 copies produced, the first 50 were casebound and contained an additional set of prints (see our item #20899) each signed by Helen Siegl). This is number 102 of the sets in wraps and signed at colophon by Helen Siegl. Fine.
London: Sheed and Ward, 1928. Blue Cloth. As. 56 pp. B/w wood-engravings. English version by Philip Hereford. Blue cover has bright gilt title front and spine, a few gilt stars on front. Touches of age to edges and spine. Unclipped white dj has title and picture on front in black. Dj is stained, foxed, soiled. Spine seriously sunned. Only compromise to paper is at spine ends. Small bookstore sticker on rear paste-down. Cover calls this a mystery play; t.p. says "miracle." Contents are clean and tight, with lovely ills. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1898. Decorative Cloth. First Edition. 71 pp. 4 B/w ills. Dark olive cover has stylized ruled border in darker green and gilt, matching center block with gilt title. Design signed "AR (Amy Richards)." Spine w/ gilt lettering, is sunned. Top & bottom of spine worn. Top edges gilt, others deckled. Bottom edges worn; corners bumped. Another of Van Dyke's Christmas legends, a handsomely styled book with beautiful sepia ills. Title page and text pages have elaborate leaf and vine-design borders, also signed "AR." Touches of red type on title page. Traces of foxing on tissue plate-protectors. Very Good.
New York: Anson D. F. Randolph and Company, 1883. Paper Wraps. 53 pp. B/w and sepia ills. An ivory paper-wrapped book with elegant gilt lettering on front cover. Bound with fine cord. Cover sunned and soiled. Inside front cover, paper is loose and tearing. Interior occasionally foxed and first page of text is creased. A collection of poetry, prose, and Scripture concerning the Christmas story, illustrated with delicate engravings of paintings by van der Werff, Fra Angelico, Rubens, van der Weyden, Ghirlandaio, Corregio, Raphael and Domenichino -- twelve plates in all. A treasure from the Victorian era. Good Plus.