"A IS FOR ALPHABET, MERRY AND GAY, WHICH SPELLS THE JOYS OF CHRISTMAS DAY"
(SAALFIELD'S MUSLIN BOOKS). Christmas ABC. New York; Akron, Ohio; Chicago: Saalfield Publishing, 1910. Tall thin octavo (5-3/4 by 12-3/4 inches), original pictorial linen self-wrappers, original stitching; pp. 6. $500.
Original classic 1910 Saalfield Muslin Book with pages of rhymes and illustrations for each letter of the alphabet, and a beaming Santa Claus on the bright linen cover—because "X is for Christmas. All children say of the whole round year, it's the happiest day."
This wonderfully unique 1910 Christmas book captures the timelessness of the holidays in its rhymed verses and colorful illustrations for each letter of the alphabet, including "L is for Letter to Santa Claus" and "Q is for Quiet. Now don't make a sound. We mustn't scare Santa when he come around," and even the letter "G" for "Gobbler or else it's the goose" and the letter "V for Vixen and the other reindeer." When Arthur J. Saalfield founded his company in 1900 in Akron, Ohio, he saw the need for more engaging books for children and became one of the "most important publishers of children's books" (Special Collections, Akron-Summit County Public Library). With "Saalfield's Muslin Books. Copyright 1910 by Saalfield Publishing Company" printed on lower edge of front wrapper.
Bright, vibrant colors, only mild wear and trace of soiling to original pictorial linen. A near-fine copy.