"A POEM THAT ALWAYS BRINGS DELIGHT, INTERPRETED BY MR. KNIGHT": HILARY KNIGHT'S POPULAR CHRISTMAS NUTSHELL LIBRARY, A FINE FIRST EDITION
KNIGHT, Hilary. Christmas Nutshell Library: The Night Before Christmas; A Christmas Stocking Story; A Firefly in a Fir Tree; Angels & Berries & Candy Canes. (New York): Harper & Row, (1963). Four volumes. 24mo (books measure approximately 2-3/4 by 3-3/4 inches), original pink cloth, original dust jackets, original pictorial slipcase. $400.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated little set of classics for children by the renowned illustrator of Kay Thompson's Eloise series, including Clement C. Moore's classic "The Night Before Christmas"—a lovely copy.
Harper & Row issued this "Christmas Nutshell Library" as a companion to Maurice Sendak's original "Nutshell Library," published the year prior. Includes four works, a version of Clement C. Moore's classic "The Night Before Christmas"; the original verse tale "A Christmas Stocking Story"; a version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" titled "A Firefly in a Fir Tree"; and an illustrated alphabet, "Angels & Berries & Candy Canes."
A bit of toning to slipcase, a few minor rubs to dust jacket spines only. A lovely, near-fine copy.