Holiday Books

The Christmas Party by Adrienne Adams.
Adams, Adrienne
/AA, illustrator.

The rabbit children plan a Christmas party. Filled with wonderful pictures on every page, in colour,  of the little rabbits at work, many of a dark starry night. Unfortunately, this copy is so new and tight that I was unable to open it to show the pictures!  Note: This Book Has Been Sold..

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1978, 1st printing; white boards with green tree and bunnies, in jacket with rabbits decorating a tree with eggs; 8.25x10.25 inches; np.
CONDITION: Fine in Near Fine jacket; as new, no names, book is absolutely clean, unwrinkled, and straight, jacket is likewise, but a little toned in white areas; unclipped 7.95
14282 Barnens Jul för Mamma och Smattingarne, illus Adelborg
Adelborg, Ottilia.
/OA, illustrator.

The "Table of Contents" has little songs for most of the pages listed: Lovely glimpses of country life for little children: Lapp child pulled by reindeer, boy with his chickens, barefoot girl dreaming of a princess, out of control school scene,etc.

Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Förlag; C.A. Carlssons Lithographer; no date [1885, H.H.J.. Lynge Kobenhavn]; red cloth boards with full printed paper (small red lichen on grey parchment paper) ; green pine needle design endpapers, single sided full colour litho pages with short verses, 8 3/8" x 12"; 35 pages (both sides numbered)
CONDITION: Good Minus; skillful 19th c long glued/tissue tears which are still tight but browning on back on first two Contents pages, other closed tears, darkening in gutters, litho ghosts on blank pages, more, boards and lithos themselves in very nice shape.
19906 The Fir Tree by Andersen, Svend Otto S. illustrator.
Andersen, Hans Christian.
/Svend Otto S,(Sorensen) illustrator.

Beautiful, generous paintings of the countryside and an old fashioned Danish Christmas in one of the illustrator's first books for children. The lives and emotions of the humans and of the tree are each respected. (No adult agendas here!) Our favorite modern Fir Tree.

London: Kaye & Ward, 1971, 1st UK thus illustrated, illus co. 1968, translation from the Danish taken from M. R. James Hans Christian Andersen: Forty-two Stories; printed in Denmark; illustrated on rather matte (unlike Viking) paper boards with a watercolour of children picking flowers next to the little fir tree and little painting of friendly mice on back; green fixed fep only and green eps on back (checked), full colour paintings on every spread; 10.75x8.5; np
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good jacket; no names, bumps to spine ends on both book and jacket and, lightly, to one corner; clipped jacket has 1/8" closed tear and very slight edgewear on back.
19788 J. N. Adam and Company The Store with the Christmas Spirit.

Jolly Old Santa filled up his sled, "Now I must hurry to Buffalo," he said. A Christmas gift from a famous old Buffalo department store, "The Store with the Christmas Spirit." founded in 1881, closed in 1960. On the front, Santa gazes at a toy clown he has just painted. The artwork looks circa 1900 to 1930. Brementown, Aesop, and 'Twas the Night Before Xmas and activities inside. Nice

No publication data; apparently published by the store rather than purchased and stamped.
CONDITION: Near Fine, no names, clean, no splits, no colouring.
The Jingle Bell Book, McLoughlin Bros.

Ding Dong Bell; There Was an Old Man Who Said Well; Ride a cock-horse, Oh, Who is So Merry, So Merry, Heigh Ho!; Mary, Mary; Oh, Ring the Bells! For this fair time of Maying; The Wedding Bells were Ringing; Twinkle, Twinkle, little Star; Over the River and Through the Wood; I heard the Bells on Christmas Day; Ring out the Old, Ring in the New; Real Jingle Bells. Quite a noisy and jolly book to read aloud!. Note: This book has been sold.

Springfield, MA: McLoughlin Bros. Inc. (1948); large blue cloth backed board book with a cover picture of a toy filled nursery and little girl driving her brother around with a jingle bell harness; 5 large jingle bells are attached to the inside of the bottom board and show through holes in the top board, on the inside, the pages are shorter, so that the bells are displayed above every page; the front and rear paste downs inside have a design of bells and flowers; oblong 11x8.5"; 6 interior boards and thus 12 pages, each with a painting of a bell related nursery rhyme or carol and the text printed on the top.
CONDITION: Very Good; no names or other marks, no tears, spine cloth is smooth, clean, and only lightly rubbed, corner tips lightly rubbed. because of the construction of the book, the top of the spine is slightly pinched (thinner). It seems that someone attempted to wash the three inside bells: their finish is roughened, there is a stain at each base and some evidence of moisture which does not extend to the back cover but does show lightly on the front; the top area of the endpapers which is not covered by pages has darkened.
19660 The Skating Party Leavitt & Allen circa 1860s.

Stories for older children about daily life, and more, The Skating Party, The Arrest, The Soldiers, The Depot, Snowballing, Blind Man's Buff, The Magnetic Swan, and others. Appears to have been assembled from two little books of American stories by the publisher. Rather swiftly hand-coloured illustrations on almost every other page in primary colours.

New York: Leavitt and Allen, no date, circa 1860's brown pressed cloth, hand coloured illustrations, 3x4.5"; 32 pp.
CONDITION; Good Plus, no names or other marks, tight hinges, spine title illegible and spine and corners scuffed, some margin soil, some pages creased and paper softening with some rough corners, no foxing, stains on last two pages.
19832 Lullaby: Why the Pussy-Cat Washes Himself So Often by Bernhard.
Bernhard, Josephine.
/Irena Lorentowicz, illustrator.

"A Folktale adapted from the Polish." A Christmas story with many bright peasant style lithographs in the same colours. First all the villagers come with gifts for the baby Jesus. Then, after they leave, he is so excited he can't go to sleep. Only the purr of the little kitten, who must wash the ashes from her coat before he can sing to the baby, can lull him to sleep. Includes piano score for "Ah, ah, pussies two".

New York: Roy Publishers, 1944, 1st nap; thin grey paper boards with dark blue titles and pink, yellow, and blue drawing of two children urging a goat along under a shining star and the title "Lullaby" and on the back, with the longer title, a pink cat washing himself; ALSO enclosed is a presumably later version of this jacket, with reviews on the back flap but at the same price and the same blurb, with the same drawings and titles but larger scale with their positions reversed and on a bright green ground; fixed endpapers show all the animals and a music staff in the same colours, no free endpapers as issued, first jacket is identical to boards; oblong, 10.25x8.25; np.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good Plus jacket; no names, all is straight, tight, and very clean, foot of spine bumped 1/4" otherwise without flaw; in clean crisp jacket with three closed tears to 1/4" hard to spot, publisher has clipped jacket and stamped $1.00 on flap; the second jacket is only Very Good; has more visible rubbing, rubs at the spine ends, a 3/4" tear and light edgewear all around; unclipped $1.00
Christmas Carols for Young Children.
Bible: Carols - Dawn and Peter Cope, Editors, Tim Jenns, reteller. H. Willebeek Le Mair, illustrator.
/H. Willebeek Le Mair, illustrator.

It is a pleasure to see these images, although the colour seems dulled compared to early 20th c illustrations.

London: Fine Books, 1976, 1st published in this format, according to the publisher, these illustrations have never been published in this format, illustrations copyright by Soefi Stichting Inayat Fundatie Sirdar, The Hague; glossy black boards with nativity illustration, plain endpapers, in jacket identical to boards, oblong, 10.25x9.75; 31 pp including unbowdlerized versions of the carols.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Very Good Plus jacket; no names, tight and clean, one lightly bumped corner; in jacket with crease on flap corner, otherwise without flaw in archival protector; unclipped 2.75 pounds.
Binding, Rudolf G.
/Fritz Kredel, illustrator.

Jesus and his mother fled through Flanders to the city of Ghent and thus begins the story of the spinning top with its whip (winding string). Little pictures by Kredel in text.

Hamburg: Hans Dulk, 1949/1937, reprint; white boards with three children carrying tops and the whip, 11.5 x 19 cm; np.
CONDITION: Very Good in Very Good jacket; no names, straight, tight, bump to book and jacket (tiny chip) at spine foot, cover bright, jacket and pages quite browned.
20328 Sankt Nikolaus by Bohatta-Morpurgo.
Bohatta-Morpurgo, Ida.
/IB-M, illustrator.

Kindly Saint Nicholas and his little angels go from house to house in the snow visiting the children. Finely detailed coloured illustrations. These books, reissued from 1949 to 1955, have their own style, paper boards rather than pasted on plates, jackets, all illustrations. (Bode #57) .Note: This book has been sold.

Munich (München): Verlag Josef Müller (Mueller),(1933), no printing date, but from Bode and title list, at least 1953 and thus a reprint of the 1952 reissue; pale lavender paper boards with three little angel cooks bent over a bowl of dough, plain back, little paintings facing every page, in jacket identical to boards, jacket flaps with "Bohatta Bücher"; 3.75x5.6", 12x14.5cm; np.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Very Good jacket; no names or other marks, (original price of DM 1,90 penciled on ep) straight, tight, with sharp corners, light rubs to bottom edge, appears unread; in jacket with top 1/16 edge damaged all around(too large), corner tips and spine ends rubbed to white, some light rubs to creases: all this not bad but quite visible on black paper; otherwise very crisp and clean; price of DM 1.90 stated on title list.
The Santa Clauses.
Bröger, Achim.
/Ute Krause, illustrator.

Little Charlie takes matters into his own hands to prove that Santa Claus is real. Bright full-colour paintings of many Santas on facing pages. Translated. from German.

New York: Dial, 1986, 1st printing. Pictorial boards, 8.5x10.8, c.26 pp.
CONDITION: Near Fine without jacket; no names or other marks, a few very light wrinkles.
20398 Something for Christmas Palmer Brown UK1st.
Brown, Palmer
/PB, illustrator

 A sweet little conversation between a mother and son about what he could give to a special person for Christmas.

London: Constable & Co. Ltd, 1958/1960, 1st UK printing, two years after the Harper and Brothers, not Row, true first; green paper boards with little mouse and his carpet slippers; in jacket with mother mouse and her son in a pink wing chair; 4.25x6.25"; 32 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good jacket; no names or other marks, light wrinkle on endpaper otherwise all very nice, in clean white jacket with crease on spine, 3/8" rub at spine top affecting author name; unclipped 5/- s.
17100 Dick Bruna's Christmas Crib.
Bruna, Dick.
/DB, illustrator.

The play materials seem to be enclosed in a folder: on the front a picture of a crèche with little Bruna figures; on the folder back the instructions, in English, showing a little girl colouring the characters and the scene, pushing out the characters, bending the flaps, and setting up the scene. Inside would be the background with side flaps folding out and two sheets of punch out characters. (Hard to determine given the shrink wrap.) Very charming little nativity scene, with figures that can have their own skin colours and costumes.

London Methuen 1974/1974, 1st printing, printed in Great Britain by Display Craft Ltd, copyright 1974 Mercis, Netherlands; distributed in New York by Two Continents Publishing Group; 21.5 x 29.5 cm; np.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; bright and flat, cellophane sealed package has never been opened, instructions have some foxed spots nonetheless; price $1.95.
Clifton, Lucille.
/Evaline Ness, illustrator.

"14A/is up so high/our Christmas bounces/off the sky/and shines on all/the downer ones/Merry Christmas to them/says Mama/Merry Christmas from me/says Everett Anderson." The second E. A. book. Sensitive poems and pictures of a young black child. SIGNED AND BRIEFLY INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR IN 1977

NY: Holt Rinehart, 1971, stated 1st printing; white cloth boards with all over illustration in brown and lavender of Everett Anderson running with his Christmas tree, 9x8.3"; 26 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good without jacket; owner name on endpaper, cover appears lightly foxed, but clean, soiled top edge; pages clean and flat.
21601 Nutcracker of Nuremberg by Cooke.
Cooke, Donald E.
/DEC, illustrator.

"A Christmas Fantasy based on the Old Hoffmann Legend". Generously illustrated in woodcut style with each detail adding to the story (not just repeated margin decorations). The story of two children and their new friend the Nutcracker, who tells them the wonderful and familiar stories of his past. Note: This book has been sold.

Philadelphia, Winston Building, Chicago Toronto: The John C. Winston Company, 1938, rust coloured cloth boards with gilt nutcracker and blindstamped toy soldiers across the top; teal endpapers with intricate landscape of deer outside a village in pale aqua; these colours are repeated in decorations and full page illustrations throughout the book; in black, cream, and rust jacket with mountainous deer hunting scene; 8vo; 148 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Good Plus jacket; small name eps, some darkening in ep gutters, tiny bumps to tips of bottom board corners; otherwise very clean and bright; in jacket with fine creases along top edge, rubbed edges and spine ends, top and extrems with 1/8" chips and almost an inch of but generally little loss of paper; unclipped 2.00.
21806 Noel for Jeanne-Marie by Françoise.
/Françoise, illustrator.

A happy introduction to a traditional Christmas in the South of France. Françoise' second book about Jeanne-Marie and her lamb Patapon..

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953 Stated 1st; green cloth boards with red lamb, in white jacket with portrait of Jeanne-Marie and red back; 8.2x9.8"; np.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus with Very Good jacket; no names or other marks, straight, tight, spine ends bumped, top corners of book and jacket are bumped; clean, unwrinkled, slightly toned jacket has 1/8" flap at top; unclipped 2.25.
Every Man Heart Lay Down by Graham
Graham, Lorenz.
/Colleen Browning, illustrator.

The Nativity as heard by the author from storytellers at a Liberian mission in poetic West African English. Pictures of a tender African mother and child with illustrations inspired by African traditional art. By the early and important African American author, of the  Town Series for older children. This reissued story formed part of his 1946 book, How God Fix Jonah. See the site maintained by his daughter:

Crowell, 1970/1946, 1st printing thus illus; reinforced binding, c 42 pp.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Very Good Plus clipped jacket; no names or other marks; very tight and straight (not possible to take photos of pages).
20570 Visions of St. Nick in Action
Harris, Louise Dyer, ed.
/E. A. Bradford, illustrator.

Santa's castle at the North Pole, Santa's workshop, St. Nick and his Reindeer, St. Nick's Visit, tired Santa back home. You can see how it works in the condition picture. The two sides hook together and it can be hung from the ceiling: there's a little hole to string it up. I don't want to set it up because it is so new at present. Note: This book has been sold.

Phillips Publishers, an In Action Book Publication (1950); dark green boards with red leatherette spine, illustrated with children asleep and other scenes; often referred to as a carousel book, the covers fold back on themselves and hook together so the pages fan out to a circle with five two page spread sections with three layers of picture; each section shows a different three dimensional scene; oblong 8.8x7"; np. In green box with identical titles and picture.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Very Good box; no names or other marks, book is straight and clean and scenes are perfect, metal fastener in good condition; in box with fine rubbed lines along edges, top very slightly concave, bottom perfect. Instructions included.
17163 Smattingarnas Jul Bok (Christmas Book). by Thora Holm.
Holm, Thora.
/Einar Nerman, illustrator.

A collection of Christmas stories and customs, with a charming Christmas illustration on the top board, decorations at chapter heads, and each page bordered in green and yellow with little toy like illustrations.

Stockholm: Ahlen & Akerlunds Forlag, nd (1920's?); blue-green spine, paper boards, top board with light green border, yellow center with two children looking at candlelit tree, 26x33 cm; np.
CONDITION: Good Minus; one staple still holding signature in place thus grade; ow light soil to boards, light green area rubbed on top board, corner tips worn through, spine ends bumped; pages very flat with occasional margin soil; Kr 5.50
12557 Christmas Eve at Rancho Los Alamitos by Hotchkis.
Hotchkis, Catherine Bixby.
/Gene Holtan, illustrator.

Family history and recollections of warm and happy Christmases on an old Spanish land grant rancho, originally of 28,000 acres, by a family which lived in it from 1878 until the core 7.5 acres was given to the city of Long Beach. The Rancho's long history:

California Historical Society, 1971/1957, 2nd edition, one of 500 copies, Special Publication Number 47; tan paper boards w horse and cow illustration, endpapers reproducing a section of an 1897 lithograph of the rancho, illustrations full page and in text; 6.2x9.2". 23 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; no names or other marks, tight, boards and pages extremely clean and bright; scuffed area on spine and "Christmas", short light scratches on margin of bottom board.
21337 Will There Be Polar Bears for Christmas? by Jarman ill Lamont.
Jarman, Julia.
/Priscilla Lamont, illustrator.

Once the family arrives at Aunt Agatha's, Sam worries that his letter to Santa has laid out the wrong directions. But Aunt Agatha knows how to post a letter in a special tree at the top of the snowy hill. An absolutely charming story with illustrations to match, in the style of Shirley Hughes. Gift condition.

Racine, WI, Golden Books, Artists and Writers Guild Books, 1993 1st US (1993 Heinemann); shiny boards with Sam and his penguin cuddled by polar bears (Sam's day-dream of Aunt Agatha's house), endpapers of very large polar bears skating in a pale blue day; 8.25x10.25"; np.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; as new, without flaw, no tiny rubs, no names, nothing; unclipped 13.95
21368 The Magic Christmas Tree by Kingman, illus Bettina.
Kingman, Lee.
/Bettina, illustrator

Two little girls independently adopted the same little tree in the forest and made a Nativity scene for it. A lovely Christmas story. Note: This book has been sold.

London: Oxford University Press, 1970/1957/1956, 4th UK printing; grey snowy boards with two happy children sitting by a Christmas tree in a forest; in jacket identical to boards, 7x9.5"; 48 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good in Near Fine jacket; no names, board edges roughly rubbed and small foxed spot from old protector, very tight and clean pages; in nice crisp, clipped jacket.
18968 How Santa Claus Had a Long and Difficult Journey Delivering His Presents.
Krahn, Fernando.
/FK, illustrator.

Santa's trials on Christmas Eve, shown in a wordless book with droll pictures.

New York: Delacorte Press, a Seymour Lawrence Book, 1970, stated 1st printing; green cloth boards with red gilt angels bearing titles, red endpapers, in red jacket with large white title and little drawing of a spilled Santa bag; oblong 11x9"; np.
CONDITION: Fine in Very Good jacket; no names, clean, straight; in a jacket with very light edgewear, half inch wrinkled tear to spine bottom, rubbed creases and small scrapes on spine; unclipped 3.95.
20420 Christmas Book House
Miller, Olive Beaupre.

A very charming green Christmas Book House, made of wood, with book spines decorated with lighted windows and Christmas Trees in gilt, green, shaped plates with yellow and red, and colourful margin decorations in yellow and red on the top boards. The house is the usual one with the dormer in front, but only one chimney and also with a set of red steps leading to the Travelships, which are placed in the center. It may have come with three separate wooden trees as well, according to the photographed ad in Dorothy Loring Taylor's reference, page 100.

Chicago, The Book House, green, 16th edition (printing) c. 1922-33, with 6 volume set and the three Travelships in wooden house with steps. There is a side chimney with little open windows in the eve as well as the usual cut out long (longer?) windows on each side. Christmas binding
CONDITION: House: Very Good, original paint, little steps are still there, solid and straight with no missing parts or chips. Book Set: Bindings nice. Interiors Good Minus to Very Good; to be brief, we would not ordinarily purchase or sell a set in this condition: all hinges and some pastedowns margins are glue foxed, Vols. 1 & 2 are very, very dirty. Vol 1 has fep torn in half. Erased and unerased pencil throughout, from scribble to adult account records. Cracked hinges on Vol 1, France, and Japan. That said, the plates are only lightly rubbed and the pages in vol 2-6 and interior pages of the Travelships are flat and clean. The wonderful Christmas bindings are bright and clean giving it a nice appearance when shelved.
19863 The Night Before Christmas illus Reginald Birch.
Moore, Clement.
/ Reginald Birch, illustrator.

Amazing to look at these illustrations and think that the artist illustrated Burnett in the style of Gordon Brown in the late 19th c. Still with a fresh view of the world in his 80's.
NOTE This book has been sold.

New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Company, Inc, 1937, stated first; red cloth backed red paper pictorial boards with large painting of Santa going down the chimney, black titles on spine, plain endpapers, full page coloured illustrations and smaller b/w illustrations in text on almost every page; in jacket identical to boards; 6.5x9;
CONDITION: Very Good in Good Minus jacket; neat name ffep, rubbing to bottom edge of front board to white, corner tips lightly bumped, pages a bit stiff but no evidence of moisture, half inch pieces of clear tape on two margins, in darkening, edgeworn, clipped jacket with rubbed spine, 1" chip and 1.5" tear on the back.