"I AWARD YOU THIS, THE GOLDEN ORDER OF THE CHRISTMAS STAR, LITTLE VELVET EYES": FIRST EDITION OF VELVET EYES, CIRCA 1960, BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED BY CHARLOT BYI, WITH THREE CHRISTMAS POP-UPS, A BOUNCY REINDEER MOVEABLE, A BELL, A WHISTLE, A MIRROR, STICKERS, PAPER GAME PIECES, AND TWO STICK-ON "NO. 1 CHRISTMAS HELPER" GILT BADGES
(BYI, Charlot, illustrator). KLIMACK, Emil W. Velvet Eyes. No place: No publisher, circa 1950. Quarto, comb-bound as issued, original pictorial red paper wrappers, original pictorial box. $750.
First edition of this wonderful story of a reindeer fawn who laments his small size until Santa finds him the perfect job, beautifully illustrated in mid-century style by Charlot Byi, with three Christmas-themed pop-ups, a bouncy reindeer, a tiny jingle bell, a small metal whistle, a mirror, a full sheet of stickers intended for use in the text, paper game pieces, "Win a Christmas Star" sheet, and two stick-on gilt badges to celebrate the "No. 1 Christmas Helper," in rare original box.
This charming story focuses on a reindeer fawn named "Velvet Eyes," who only wants to help at Christmas but fails at every task until he uses a little Christmas-style ingenuity in completing a job for Santa. Like many Christmas miscellanies of the era, this book—a complete narrative rather than a true miscellany—offers Christmas fun including a game, pop-ups, and small internal treasures. Less commonly, all of these elements are fully intact in this copy. Indeed, Velvet Eyes includes a full sheet of unused lick-and-stick stickers for embellishing numbered blanks in the text, instructions for "Win a Christmas Star" game, all paper game pieces still intact on a single sheet, a raised "bouncy" reindeer, three affixed metal pieces with almost none of the usual tarnish (a jingle bell, a child-size whistle, and a mirror), three beautiful pop-ups, and two gilt badge stickers (generally removed as the instructions directed the child to wear them).
Book interior pristine, small creases to gold badge on colorful front cover, trace of wear to bright box. About-fine.