Holiday Books

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.
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
19264 The Black Sheep by Elizabeth Heck, Sita Jucker illustrator.
Bible - nativity (Heck, Elizabeth.)
/Sita Jucker, illustrator.

The little black sheep, bored of following the rest of the flock, sets out on her own. She finds shelter in a cave with a man, his wife, and a little crying baby. Her wool keeps the baby warm. An beautiful and original Nativity story.

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1986/1985, stated 1st US; translated
CONDITION: Fine in Very Good jacket; as new, book without flaw, unopened and unread; jacket a little rumpled across the top 1/32" and with some fine scratches from shelfwear; unclipped 13.95
21201 Silent Night by Will Moses
Bible Nativity (Moses, Will).
/Will Moses, illustrator.

The birth of a baby in Vermont on Christmas Eve. Each little chapter, illustrated with paintings, is titled with a phrase from the carol. A lovely book by the great-grandson of Grandma Moses.

New York: Philomel Books, 1997, 1st printing; dark blue shiny boards with white printing, blue endpapers, jacket with painting of a family in a sleigh riding through the snow; 8.9x11"; np.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; as new, no names.
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.
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.
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.
18926 Everett Anderson's Christmas Coming Clifton signed.
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.
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.
Hächler, Bruno.
/Angela Kehlenbeck, illustrator.Hächler, Bruno.

All the forgotten teddy bears come together from toy store shelves and toy boxes on Christmas with a plan  to help people remember the lonely ones on this day.

New York and London: North-South Books, a Michael Neugebauer Book, 2000, 1st English (Das Geheimnis der Bären); shiny boards with a little bear going out from the snow into a warm wide open door, endpapers of all the bears setting out on their task, in jacket identical to boards; 9.25x11.5"; np./Angela Kehlenbeck, illustrator.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Fine jacket; small gift inscription under flap, price erasure upper right corner of coloured endpaper, otherwise book and jacket as new; unclipped 15.95.
The Nutcracker by Hoffman, Anthea Bell reteller, Zwerger, ill.
Hoffman, E. T. A. (Anthea Bell, reteller)
/Lizbeth Zwerger

Anthea Bell later simplified her original Zwerger book text for small children, using the original half page pictures for full page ones.(except the jacket/cover picture which is the wrong shape). This book is oblong, with the larger pictures not quite as bright.

Picture Book Studio, 1987/1882, 1st US., 9.5x8.5"; np.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; unclipped, 13.95.
16710 The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Hoffmann, Anthea Bell, Zwerger, ill.
Hoffmann, E. T. A.
/Lisbeth Zwerger, illustrator.

A retelling of the Nutcracker, with text shortened; still this is a chapter book with many coloured illustrations, rather than a picture book.

Natick, MA: Picture Book Studio, 1983/1982, printed in Austria; translated by Anthea Bell. Shiny pictorial boards with child and nutcracker, jacket has same picture; larger Zwerger version c 30 pp.
CONDITION: Near Fine with Fine jacket; gift inscription, otherwise as new, unclipped 14.95 sticker
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
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
33473 Plum Pudding for Christmas Kahl
Kahl, Virginia
/VK, illustrator.

The Duchess and the children were glad their father had avoided the big warrior and brought delicious ingredients for the pudding! "Plums that are purple, plums in a clump,/So that each bumpy lump is a plum that is plump." SIGNED and INSCRIBED from the Duchess and Virginia Kahl.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1970/1956, 7th printing (G-8.70), library binding, yellow cloth boards with procession of the 13 little red bonneted children led by the proud cook with her pudding, and followed by the Duke and Duchess; black outlined drawings with red and white alternating with red, gold, and blue; 8.1x10.2"; np.
CONDITION: Good Plus; no names, but faint traces of large ink scribble on top board affecting illustration, thus price, (see photo) otherwise crisp, tight, straight, spine slightly faded, one corner lightly bumped... too bad!
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. Expand the images for a better view of these drawings!

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.
22591 Little Peter Lucas Malet  / Paul Hardy, illus.
Malet, Lucas (Mary St. Leger Harrison)
/Paul Hardy, illustrator

Peter, a believably sweet and innocent little child, has two friends, the stuffy Cincinnatus, and the bitter crippled hermit Jean Paqualin, who is hated in the small French village near his home in the pine forest. A touching, romantic book. Mary Harrison (1852 - 1931), the daughter of Charles Kingsley, admired by famous writers in her day and an author of best-selling novels in the 1920's. She died in poverty and her works are only recently being revived. Fine woodblock plates and illustrations in text by Hardy (1862 - 1942)

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1, 3, and 5 Bond Street, 1888/[1887] 1st US, tp; brown cloth with fine drawing of white snowy landscape, gilt titles, and two vignettes, of the crippled charcoal burner Jean Paqualin, and of the dignified old tabby cat Cincinnatus staring at the fire, gilt titles on spine with pine boughs, all edges red, brown endpapers; frontis, decorated title page and 8 black and white plates, as issued; drawings in text, ; 6 x 8"; 168 pp.
Very Good, no names, cover and spine bright, 1/8" slant and lightly bumped corners, rubbed extrems and bottom corner of top board quite bumped, opens freely, occasional foxing incld title page/frontis, closed margin tear on front endpaper.
20178 Toys At Play by Reid photos by Waite. Marshall Fields.
Reid, Carol McMillan.
/George L. Waite photographer.

It's 1937, in the midst of the Great Depression. As the Children drowsily wait for their mother to finish shopping, they think about what they want for Christmas, and the toys in Marshall Fields begin to come alive. There must be about 50 dolls and toys in this books, all caught by the photographer in the midst of their play. Very bright colours. Sturdy enough for a modern child, of interest to a toy and doll collector.

Racine, WI; Whitman Publishing Company, (1937); Toys and Settings by Courtesy of Marshall Field & Company, linenette type cover and pages, many many toys, 14 interior pages; 10.2x12.2".
CONDITION: Very Good; white areas darkened on covers, rubs on spine, slight curls at corners, half inch tear on back, faded area upper back.
14363 The Christmas Tomten by Rydberg, ill Harold Wiberg.
Rydberg, Viktor.
/Harald Wiberg, illustrator.

A classic Swedish tale in which Little Vigg learns about the spirit of giving from his journey with the Christmas Tomten, newly illustrated with pictures set in the book's original era by a well loved Swedish artist.

New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc, "Freely adapted by Linda M. Jennings from a translation from the Swedish Lille Viggs äventyr på julafton, by Lone Thygesen Blecher and George Blecher." 1981 UK as to modern text/1980 as to modern illustration/original text 1871; blue paper boards, in jacket with all around picture of ponies trudging through a snowy forest landscape at night; oblong 10.3x8.5"; np. (not the Putnam issue, later?)
CONDITION: Near Fine in Near Fine jacket; no names, clean, tight, and sharp, 1/8 closed tear on jacket back; unclipped 9.95.
21796 A Day to Remember by Bernard Stone, Anton Pieck, ill.
Stone, Bernard.
/Anton Pieck, illustrator.

Wonderfully detailed pictures of Christmas in a town in Holland in the late 19th century. Christmas week all over the city, a candy shop, a Punch and Judy show, skating on the river....

New York: Four Winds Press, 1981, stated 1st Am.; natural paper boards with tan cloth spine, burnt orange jacket and endpapers, jacket painting of children in front of toy shop; oblong 9.75x8.5; np.
CONDITION: Fine in Near Fine jacket; As New, no names or other marks, appears unopened and unread; some tiny rubs on jacket; unclipped 10.95.
20287 The Curious Cruise of Captain Santa by Thompson, illus John R. Neil.
Thompson, Ruth Plumly.
Neill, John R., illustrator.

Santa wants to find a new toys, so Jim, the adopted chimney sweep, Hugger the serious Polar Bear, Penny the motherly penguin, and Santa set off in the good ship Chimneypot to find the island of the Live Toys. Grand adventures as they meet Neptune, find a cannibal island (stereotypical pictures), and sail beneath the sunset to Rocking Island and finally to Doll Island. The dolls long to become Christmas presents, and, though the life goes out of them when they reach the real world, Santa is sure that "they will come alive again if they are loved enough." A wonderful Christmas tale, imaginative and direct, one of a few non-Oz books by this writer and the only Neill/Plumly non-Oz effort.

Chicago: The Reilly & Lee Co. (1926) early or first printing, grey boards with full pasted-on yellow plate, blue titles, Santa at the helm with Penny and Hugger looking on, plain endpapers, many illustrations in tones of red, brown, and black; 7.25x9.5"; 124 pp.
CONDITION: Good Minus; Sept. 1926 gift inscription on half title; although the cover plate picture is bright, the yellow background and grey cloth are grubby and the corners of the plate are chipped off, extrems slightly bumped and worn through, wrinkled spine; paper cracked at front hinge so shaken but holding, back ok, wrinkled spine, slight 1/16" inch warp; two 3/4" margin tears. pages with intermittent handling soil in margins and light reading wrinkles and a few tiny margin tears on first four chapters, the rest generally unwrinkled and clean.
21006 A Time to Keep by Tudor.
Tudor, Tasha.
/TT, illustrator.

"The Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays." full color paintings with short text on every page, many two page spreads. SIGNED and briefly INSCRIBED on pictorial flyleaf by AUTHOR.

Chicago: Rand McNally, 1977, stated 1st; heavy cloth pictorial boards with children surrounded by wreath of holiday items, 9.25x11.8; np.
CONDITION: Very Good with no jacket; neat birthday inscription in addition to Tudor signature, corners quite rubbed, some rubs through pink to white on edges.
20233 Christmas Eve At the Mellops' by Ungerer.
Ungerer, Tomi.
/TU, illustrator.

The fourth Mellops book. Casimir, Isidor, Felix, and Ferdinand, the Mellop pig children, have a sad moment when they realize they have all brought the family surprise Christmas trees, but they rally and soon fill an entire apartment house with joy.

New York: Harper & Brothers, (1960), 1st, does not mention 1961 book. aqua paper boards with Mellop-Santa portrait, 9.3x8" oblong, jacket has same design, ca. 32 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good in Good jacket; child's name and number on fep, lightly foxed and light foxing to one spread, a little splayed, edges and extrems rubbed but not bumped, inside all clean, unwrinkled; darkening jacket also lightly foxed, appearing dull, 1/4" chips at spine ends, rubs and a few small holes on creases, two 1.5" tears; unclipped 2.50.