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Clement C. Moore
1839 A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS Very Early Printing THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
This listing is for a very early printing of "A Visit From St. Nicholas," dated 1839. First edition, thus. It is one of the earliest complete and unabridged printings of the poem in book form, including the old English and Dutch parlance (thro', Dunder, Blixen, etc.). Rare to find today, especially in nice condition, the book is a collection of prose and poetry used in schools for speech exercises. While anthologies were instrumental in putting the poem in front of mature audiences, elocution books introduced it to children and was a strong contributor to the growing awareness of the poem. Still obscure at the time, the poem was published here anonymously and called "Christmas Times," one of several alternate titles used in very early printings. It is interesting to note that the editor actually recognized St. Nicholas as "Santa Claus" via a footnote to the poem--pretty amazing since it would be many years before the Dutch, German, and English personages would be combined to form the iconic American Santa Claus. The book measures 4.5 x 7.5 inches. Construction is in-board leather binding with 504 pages. At 180 years old, it is in very good condition overall. The covers shows moderate wear considering age. The leather has become stiff with a bit of bowing at the outer corners. The pages have foxing throughout, some areas more than others, and there are a few uneven pages at the end. Binding is tight. Still a handsome book that displays well. "A Visit From St. Nicholas" is found on page 359. On consignment from a lifelong Christmas collector. Shipped Priority/Insured. Thanks … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Fun Antiques And Sports (vintagetoy) [Upstate, New York, US]
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