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THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by  Arthur:  Clement C.; illustrated by RACKHAM - Signed First Edition - from Lucius Books and


by MOORE, Clement C.; illustrated by RACKHAM, Arthur:

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London: George G. Harrap and Co. Ltd. 1931. First edition with these illustrations. First edition with these illustrations. Deluxe issue, signed by the artist. Publisher's full limp vellum with titles in gilt to the upper cover. Illustrated with a colour frontispiece, 3 further colour plates and 17 black and white drawings throughout the text by Arthur Rackham. A superb fine copy, the vellum clean and the gilt bright. Complete with the rubbed original slipcase which has the hand numbered title label present as issued, remains firm and without repair or tears. An excellent example of this beautifully illustrated Christmas Gift Book. Limited to 275 copies for the United Kingdom of which this is hand numbered 249 and signed in black ink by Arthur Rackham to the limitation page. (Latimore & Haskell p.66; Riall p.174). Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

"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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