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The Keeping of Christmas at Bracebridge Hall.
London: J.M. Dent and Co., 1906. - Superb velluscent binding by Cedric Chivers. Full vellum hand painted in a Christmas theme with mistletoe and holy to spine and to upper with a repeat of one of the illustrations framed in gilt, and colourful garlands, adorned with a mother of pear. Very occasional and light foxing to content. With 24 coloured illustrations by C.E. Brock. 'Bracebridge Hall . is a place clearly based on Aston Hall: Bracebridge was a name associated with the builders of the hall, the Holte family, namely Adam Bracebridge. Washington Irving was a frequent visitor to Aston Hall, a Jacobean Mansion which at that time was no longer in the possession of the Holte family who built it but was then leased to James Watt Junior, son of James Watt, one of the prime movers of the Industrial Revolution. From the evidence of this book, the Christmas season as celebrated in the countryside in the early 19th Century was a vibrant and living custom, and that it had an historical basis.' Austenonly. A wonderful Christmas story in a fine and remarkable binding, held in a protective blue cloth slipcase. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Ltd, ABA, ILAB]
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