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. Picture Book hardback.
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.
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. Item #19906