"THE STOCKINGS WERE HUNG BY THE CHIMNEY WITH CARE…": RACKHAM'S THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
(RACKHAM, Arthur) MOORE, Clement C. The Night Before Christmas. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: George C. Harrap, (1931). Octavo, original stiff pictorial wrappers, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase.
First trade edition, with four color plates and 17 in-text line cuts. A beloved illustrated edition of this holiday classic.
"One of the world's most widely read poems… 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' recast St. Nicholas as a cheerful, rosy-cheeked elf and established Christmas as a time for giving gifts to children" (Carnegie Mellon University). For this edition of the Yuletide classic, Rackham created four full-color illustrations, 17 drawings in black and white, and red and white pictorial endpapers. Preceded by a signed limited edition of 550 copies bound in vellum. Riall, 174. Latimore & Haskell, 66.
About-fine condition. A lovely volume.