"I KNEW IN A MOMENT IT MUST BE SAINT NICK": CLEMENT MOORE'S THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
[MOORE, Clement C.] BRUNDAGE, Frances. The Night Before Christmas. Akron, Ohio: Saalfield, circa 1929. Slim folio (10 by 14 inches), original staple-bound stiff pictorial wrappers; pp. 10. $500.
Lushly illustrated edition of the cherished Yuletide poem, with bright full-color wrappers and full-color illustrations after paintings by Frances Brundage.
"Clement C. Moore, a professor of Hebrew, wrote the poem in 1822 as a Christmas gift for his children. A house guest copied it in the fall of 1823, and later sent her copy to the editor of the Troy Sentinel, where it was first published, anonymously, December 23, 1823… Not until St. Nicholas passed through the crucible of Doctor Clement Clarke Moore's mind and imagination did the patron saint of childhood ever ride in a sleigh, or have eight tiny reindeer… Nor was he dressed in furs, nor did he smoke a pipe, nor did he ever get into the homes of good little boys and girls by going down chimneys" (Grolier American 100, 52). This edition is beautifully illustrated by Frances Brundage, a prominent (and very collectible) illustrator and artist best known for her endearing depictions of children. Contemporary owner inscription on first page of text.
Very nearly fine condition.