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by MOORE, Clement C

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MOORE, Clement C. (RACKHAM, Arthur) THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippencott & Co., (circa 1931). 8vo. Cloth boards with Printed decorated front panel. (36) pages, plus 4 colored plates. First Ameri edition, first issue. [Marshall, Night Before Christmas, # 298]. Rare edition. OCLC records three Philadelphia editions of later dates, but n dated so early. A colorful interpretation of Moore's classic Christmas poem illustrated by this foremost English artist of the Edwardian era - a masterfu combination of whimsy and fantasy - have been used in countless reproductions including miniature books marketed as tree ornaments. Arthur Rackham illustrated this American classic towards the end of his life, and it is interesting to note that the elderly figure of the father is thought to be a self-portrait. His illustrations include a colored frontispiece and three colored text plates and many black-and-white text drawings. With personal inscription on front blank leaf dated "Christmas 1931." Very good.

"A Visit from St. Nicholas ", also known as " The Night Before Christmas" and "'Twas the Night Before Christmas " from its first line, is a poem first published anonymously in 1823 . This famous poem helped to cement the image of Santa Claus from the description of his appearance, his transportation, and how he brings the gifts to children on Christmas eve.


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