THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, WONDERFULLY COLOR-ILLUSTRATED AND WITH FOUR BEAUTIFUL WORKING MOVABLES BY ILLUSTRATOR-ANIMATOR JULIAN WEHR
[MOORE, Clement C.] WEHR, Julian, illustrator. The Night Before Christmas [Animated]. [United States]: Duenwald, 1949. Small quarto, comb-bound as issued, original pictorial blue paper boards.
Mid-20th century edition of this beloved Yuletide poem, with vivid color illustrations and four beautiful innovative movables by Julian Wehr, known for his pioneering use of tabs integrated into the illustrations.
The anonymous poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas," later attributed to the Rev. Clement Moore, first appeared in 1823 in the Troy Sentinel. This edition features striking illustrations and movables by Julian Wehr. "During the 1940s, Julian Wehr animated a number of movable books for several American publishers. His designs were all operated by tabs, which moved various parts of the illustration. While most tabs in early movables were located at the bottom of the pages and operated by pulling down, Wehr's designs were more flexible…. In Wehr's books, the tabs are located at the bottom and the sides of the images, and are operable by moving the tabs back and forth along slits in the pages" (University of North Texas). Wehr was a "master of American book artistry and animation… Around 9,000,000 copies of [his] books were sold in the United States and Great Britain, and several titles were translated and sold in France, Germany, and Spain. Although Wehr's 'Animated Books' are now prized by rare book collectors and are attracting the attention of children's literature specialists, Wehr himself remains an obscure figure" (Middle Tennessee State University).
A very nearly fine copy.