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Christmas

There are some really special rare and collectible Christmas books in the Biblio Rare Book Room. From first edition Christmas novels to signed nonfiction books on the history of Christmas traditions, there is a wide diversity of books featured below in the Biblio Rare Book Room. Many of the rare and collectible Christmas books come complete with gorgeous illustrations, so they would make great gifts for the book lovers in your life.



THE CHRISTMAS ORATORIO [FOR THE TIME BEING]: CARBON COPY OF A TYPED MANUSCRIPT WITH CHORAL SETTINGS

THE CHRISTMAS ORATORIO [FOR THE TIME BEING]: CARBON COPY OF A TYPED MANUSCRIPT WITH CHORAL SETTINGS

by AUDEN, W. H

  • Used
  • Paperback
  • first
Condition
Used - Good and possibly unique
Binding
Paperback
Seller
Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
Item Price
$6,250.00

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wraps. Good and possibly unique. A 43-page 7-3/4" x 13-3/4" carbon copy typescript laid loosely into a makeshift folder consisting of a large piece of graph paper with the title THE CHRISTMAS ORATORIO/W. H. AUDEN written in pencil in an unknown hand on the front cover. Not dated. Occasional minor ink corrections also in an unknown hand. There were two early typescripts for the poem, neither typed by Auden. One was double-spaced and the other single-spaced. This version is the latter which is the second of the two typescripts that Auden arranged to be prepared for Benjamin Britten, who he hoped would set the poem to music. Auden seems to have sent two copies to Britten to be sure that one got there during wartime. One is in the Britten-Pears library; this is the other. An interesting typescript differing from the published poem in a number of respects. Choral parts are assigned to the speeches by voice. In Part 3, "The Temptation of St. Joseph," the text for the chorus differs from the published… Read More
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$6,250.00
A Christmas Stocking Story

A Christmas Stocking Story

by Knight, Hilary

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$110.00

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New York: Harper & Row. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1963. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A nice Original first edition in Fine condition in Near Fine dust-jacket with much less rubbing and small chip at the top of the spine; When Santa has stocking mix-up flop, these clever animals fix it with a merry Christmas swap. Famous Eloise illustrator Knight keeps the saga alive in the most charming way with this classic Christmas classic, issued as part of the famous Christmas Nutshell Library; Christmas Nutshell Library; 48mo .
Item Price
$110.00
A Firefly In A Fir Tree

A Firefly In A Fir Tree

by Knight, Hilary

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$110.00

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New York: Harper & Row. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1963. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A nice Original first edition in Fine condition in Near Fine dust-jacket with much less rubbing and chipping than usual, small closed tear in the back; "Sing out the old! Sing in the new! May all your Christmas dreams come true". (from the dustjacket of the original edition) The children's Christmas classic from famous Eloise illustrator Hilary Knight, issued as part of the famous Christmas Nutshell Library; Christmas Nutshell Library; 48mo .
Item Price
$110.00
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

by DICKENS, Charles

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  • Fine
  • Signed
Condition
Used - fine
Edition
Limited
Seller
New York, New York
Item Price
$8,500.00

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Philadelphia: Lippincott. Limited. hardcover. fine. Rackham, Arthur. Color frontispiece and 11 other mounted color plates by Arthur Rackham. Many b/w line drawings. 4to, white vellum, pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt. Uncut edges, t.e.g. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, no date, [1915].<br/><br/> Limited Edition - one of only 100 copies, signed by Rackham. An absolutely fine, bright copy, except for the missing silk ties.<br/><br/>
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$8,500.00
A CHRISTMAS FAIRY; AND OTHER STORIES In Brown Dustjacket [ALTEMUS' DAINTY SERIES, NO. 13] 3...
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A CHRISTMAS FAIRY; AND OTHER STORIES In Brown Dustjacket [ALTEMUS' DAINTY SERIES, NO. 13] 3 Stories: 'A Christmas Fairy' By John Strange Winter; 'Not Quite True' By Mrs. Molesworth; 'In the Chimney Corner' By Frances E. Crompto

by John Strange Winter (and Other Stories By Frances E. Crompton and Mrs. Molesworth) Blank Endpapers Former Owner Name & Date of 1905, Illustrated B/W, 24 Text Figures ; B/W Frontispiece a Tall Handsome Lady Came in & Shivers Flew to Her Arms

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
LONG BEACH, California
Item Price
$125.00

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Henry Altemus, Philadelphia, 1900 HBDJ,1900. 1st Edition,Octavo; bk VG with rub to corners / POOR condition Dustjacket; dj brown spine with no text On spine DJ , Back DJ small chip out of Back top edge not affecting Text; HB, white cloth spine with no text spine cvr & with Color decorated cloth Cvr of 2 boys with Basket of peaches & balance of cover in Ivory with Gold Gilt decoration & Lettering; minor shelf wear and bumping; text block, clean; 48 pgs.; illus., dj, spine, split; sunned; chipping; other open and closed tears; else very good. Children.Cover light rub, wear & small stains to Back, Tiny chips Tears rub, wear Extremities DJ, small chips Spine DJ ,ivory cloth with illustrated cloth panel over one-third of front cover; DJ protected in clear mylar ,The first is story about group of boys at school telling what they're going to do for the Christmas holidays. The second is the story of several young childern, Helena Free and her two younger brothers Willie & Leigh and their… Read More
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$125.00
Christmas Formula And Other Stories
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Christmas Formula And Other Stories

by Benson, Stella (Author) / West, Geoffrey (Foreword)

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good with no Dust Jacket
Edition
First Edition: First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Item Price
$125.00

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London, England: William Jackson (Books) Ltd.. Very Good with no Dust Jacket. 1932. First Edition: First Printing. Hard Cover. Signed by Author: KB#010438: Boards now protected by a new Brodart Archival Mylar Cover. No Dustjacket. Limited Numbered Edition, first printing, book is number eleven of the Furnival Books. Copy is #330 of 550 and SIGNED BY AUTHOR (Stella Benson). Has bookplate of Ulbert Partons Sachs on inside front cover. Illustrated frontispiece of woodcut by Clare Leighton. Boards are brown buckram with title and author in gilt on spine and front. Boards and pages are clean, unmarked, bright, tightly bound and sharp cornered (except for light rubbing of bottom board corners). Scarce, Out Of Print, Book. : B&W Illustrations: 6.25 x 10 in.: 67 pages .
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$125.00
MISSALE ROMANUM EX DECRETO SACROSANCTI CONCILII TRIDENTINI RESTITUTUM S. PII V PONTIFICIS MAXIMI...
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VENETIIS : EX TYPOGRAPHIA BALLEONIANA, 1730. In 4. Dim. 34,5x25x7 cm. Pp. 36 (n.n.)+460+XCI+(8)+36+(2)+(2)+(2)+(2)+(2). Peso Kg. 2,900 Splendido messale di grandi dimensioni e peso del 1730 in folio interamente scritto a caratteri rosso e neri con splendidi capilettera decorati, almeno 1 per pagina (ad esclusione dei canti gregoriani). All'interno del testo tre bellissime incisioni a piena pagina che raffigurano delle scene religiose (l'annunciazione, la crocifissione, la resurrezione). Bella vignetta al frontespizio. All'inizio del messale un introduzione dedicata alla memoria dei tre Papi che si erano occupati di redigerlo (Pio V; Clemente VIII; Urbano VIII) e una sorta di prefazione all'opera con delle tabelle indicanti il calendario liturgico che rimanda alle parti del messale da recitare.<BR>Presente anche Commune Sanctorum e Missae Propriae Sanctorum ad uso dei Frati Minori di San Francesco. Pagine e pagine di canti gregoriani all'interno. Il messale è del 1730,… Read More
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$557.20
What does Christmas really mean 1909 Hardcover
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What does Christmas really mean 1909 Hardcover: A Sermon begun by John T. McCutcheon and continued by Jenkins Lloyd Jones

by Mccutcheon-jones

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  • good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
First Thus (continued edition)
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Winfield, Illinois
Item Price
$100.00

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7 5/8" X 5 1/4" HC with green boards and picture of mother and child as first appeared in The Chicago Tribune. First thus authentic book expanded edition published by Forbes in 1909. Edges and corners are very worn with a small sticker which says Hope on the cover. The first of the three front end pages has a Christmas greeting from the giver. Twenty two pages with a color border. Last of three pages contains other preachments published in The Chicago Daily Tribune (first page shows how it originally appeared) kind of like an introduction, and also Weekly Issues of Unity. This original book is scarce. I am able to ship this small book first class as standard.
Item Price
$100.00
The Story of the Other Wise Man
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The Story of the Other Wise Man

by Van Dyke, Henry

  • Used
  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
Later Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Bloomington, Indiana
Item Price
$200.00

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New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1895. SCARCE SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR on front end page - "Inscribed with best wishes, Henry Van Dyke, Dec. 13, 1922". Very Good Minus, front hinge cracked, cloth covers rubbed and soiled, small chip bottom corner title page, light foxing and toning to end pages. Letters K-W copyright page indicating Oct. 1922 publication for this printing. Uncommon in any printing SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR.. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. Later Printing. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.
Item Price
$200.00
Auntie Mame, An Irreverent Escapade
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Auntie Mame, An Irreverent Escapade

by Dennis, Patrick

  • Used
  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
Stated Third Printing Thus.
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Salem, Oregon
Item Price
$600.00

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Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade. By Patrick Dennis. Vanguard Press 1959 First Edition, Stated Third Printing Thus. "Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" Used. VG/G. Price-clipped DJ is now protected in a mylar wrap. One of the funniest books ever written, this story was also a made into a play, a film, and a musical with the incomparable Rosalind Russell and Lucille Ball. Rare/quite scarce in a dj. Some loss to top of dj spine. Please see our photos. A nice find.
Item Price
$600.00
Merry Old Santa Claus

Merry Old Santa Claus

by Nast, Thomas ( Artist); Harper's Weekly

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  • very good
  • Paperback
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Printing
Binding
Paperback
Seller
Bloomington, Indiana
Item Price
$1,250.00

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New York: Harper's Weekly, 1881. RARE. A single leaf extracted from HARPER'S WEEKLY of Jan. 1, 1881, 16 1/2" w x 22 3/4" h. The original and iconic Thomas Nast engraving, on newsprint. Very Good, small chips along edges, larger chips each side of centerfold not affecting image, newsprint evenly lightly toned. Page nos. 8 and 9 top margin. Text from reverse side shows on close examintion. Unmounted, under shrinkwrap atop mat board and with cardboard backing. "Cartoonist Thomas Nast established the bounds for Santa Claus' current look with an initial illustration in an 1863 issue of Harper's Weekly, as part of a large illustration titled 'A Christmas Furlough'." (The Public Domain Review). This 1881 engraving marked the beginning of our modern-day conception of Santa Claus. Will be mailed flat- please inquire for added cost. Eminently suitable for framing. . First Printing. Newsprint. Very Good. 16 1/2" w x 22 3/4" h.
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$1,250.00
THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI, OR WISE MEN

THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI, OR WISE MEN

by ORIGINAL ANTIQUE NEW TESTAMENT ETCHING

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  • Fine
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First Edition
Seller
Item Price
$150.00

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1688. First Edition . No Binding. Fine. G.Freman. ORIGINAL ANTIQUE BIBLE PRINT ( etching- copperplate), DATED 1688, depicting the Adoration of the Magi, according to the description in the Gospel of Matthew 2. Size of the image incl. the caption: 20,5 x 33,5 cm. ( 8,07" x 13.18") - Size of the whole leaf: 27 x 40,7.cm ( 10,6" x 16"). The etching is hand-colored
Item Price
$150.00
Christmas

Christmas

by Roosevelt, Eleanor

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Boards lightly rubbed, jacket toned.
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Selkirk, New York
Item Price
$150.00

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NY: Alfred A. Knopf. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Boards lightly rubbed, jacket toned.. 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. Illustrated paper-covered boards. Photo of the First Lady on the front jacket flap. Illustrated story about a young Dutch girl named Marta celebrating Christmas during World War II. Decorative endpapers and black and white illustrations by Fritz Kredel. ; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; 42 pages .
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$150.00
A Christmas Carol: A Facsimile Reproduction of the Author's Original MS.
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A Christmas Carol: A Facsimile Reproduction of the Author's Original MS.

by Dickens, Charles; Introduction by F.G. Kitton.

  • Used
  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
Limited and Numbered Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Bloomington, Indiana
Item Price
$2,500.00

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New York: Brentano's, 1890. # 247 of 250 copies of the American Edition, (there were also 500 copies printed for Great Britain) , SIGNED by publisher ("Brentano's) under numbered entry and with an introduction by F.G. Kitton. Original paper covered boards with gilt lettering front cover and spine, top edge gilt. viii pages, [2], 66 unnumbered leaves :chiefly facsimile. Very Good, white quarter paper at spine darkened, paper rubbed at joints, corners rubbed and bumped, title page detached completely and front end page starting to detach at bottom edge. rear hinge starting at bottom edge. Internally clean and bright, a better than usually seen copy of a SCARCE Dickens book. . SIGNED. Limited and Numbered Edition. Paper Covered Boards. Very Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.
Item Price
$2,500.00
Christmas Nutshell Library (All 4 books are Signed by Hilary Knight)
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Christmas Nutshell Library (All 4 books are Signed by Hilary Knight)

by Hilary Knight

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
1st Ed
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780060231651
ISBN 10
0060231653
Seller
Roselle Park, New Jersey
Item Price
$625.00

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FIRST EDITION WITH ALL FOUR BOOKS SIGNED BY HILARY KNIGHT! Likely the ONLY such set listed anywhere in the world right now. Each book is signed differently, NONE are personalized, two are dated in 1992. Condition is a strong Very Good: pristine text & illustrations, the boards look like new. But some age-related foxing on endpapers, mild wear on dust jackets. Slipcase has original $2.95 price clearly visible and remarkably only mild wear. Simply a wonderful and unique set. Signed by author.
Item Price
$625.00