ELEANOR ROOSEVELT'S CHRISTMAS STORY FOR CHILDREN, FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY THE FIRST LADY
ROOSEVELT, Eleanor. Christmas. A Story. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. Square 12mo, original pictorial paper boards, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $5500.
First edition, signed by Eleanor Roosevelt in blue ink on the half-title.
This Christmas story for children by the First Lady, illustrated by Fritz Kredel, relates the tale of a special Christmas Eve in a war-torn Netherlands. "The times are so serious," Mrs. Roosevelt writes in her preface, "that even children should be made to understand that there are vital differences in people's beliefs which lead to differences in behavior." "First edition" stated on copyright page. Serially published in the December 28, 1940 issue of Liberty Magazine. See Edens B203. Contemporary gift inscription opposite title page.
Interior fresh with trace of soiling, faintest toning to spine of bright dust jacket. A lovely price-clipped copy, about-fine.