Rare book of Christmas poems lavishly illustrated with chromolithography and retaining the pre-1900 original dust jacket featuring Santa Claus.
Fine in very good plus jacket.
"And where are you going,' the children said, 'In your cap of fur, and your coat of red?"
The snowy landscapes combined with the warm tones of the color printing evoke the coziness of the Christmas season. The overall affect is deeply nostalgic, bringing to mind evenings by a fire with a cup of tea or hot chocolate. "Father Christmas" is featured with much of the iconography we associate with Santa today – white fur-lined red hate and cloak, thick white beard – but he walks on foot, with a large sack slung over his back, rather than traveling by sleigh. A revealing cultural artifact of the visual history of Christmas traditions.
London: W. Hagelberg, [circa 1890]. 6.5'' x 4.75''. Original side-stitched color pictorial wrappers. In original brown printed dust jacket echoing illustration on wrapper. Illustrated with beautiful chromolithographs on every page.  pages. Book lovely, with only some mild offsetting. Jacket with minimal chipping to corners and a few tiny tape repairs to verso.
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