Signed limited edition, one of only 65 copies printed after the WASHINGTON POST, who commissioned the story, turned it down allegedly because it was "anti-family."
THE BABY IN THE MANGER
"I have been asked by certain interested parties to set aside my work for a brief period of time and write down a story for the Christmas season..."
In 2000, the WASHINGTON POST asked Lemony Snicket (or rather, his "official representative" Daniel Handler) to write a Christmas story. Perhaps they should have known better, but apparently they were unhappy with the result, which turns Joseph into a costume designer and Mary an herbalist. The story was considered too dark and sent back to Handler, who published it under the direction of Chelsey Johnson in an edition of only 65 copies, illustrated by the artist Lisa Brown (also Handler's wife). The book is signed by Brown and inscribed by Snicket with his characteristic embossed stamp "Library of Lemony Snicket" and ink inscription: "with all / 25.XII.2002 / due respect." No auction records, not in OCLC: considered the Holy Grail by Lemony Snicket fans, it is talked about but rarely seen.
(Iowa City): Monotreme Press, 2002. 6.5'' x 5.75''. Original full red cloth, paper printed label. Red patterned endpapers. , 18,  pages. Signed by illustrator Lisa Brown and stamped by Lemony Snicket with ink inscription: "with all / 25.XII.2002 / due respect." A couple tiny spots to cloth.
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