First edition of this collection of old-English Christmas legends, history, and lore, touching on both the origins of contemporary British Christmas rituals and many lost traditions.
A RIGHTE MERRIE CHRISTMASSE!!!
"A Christmas gambol oft could cheer / The poor man's heart through half the year."
With copperplate etching by Arthur C. Berhend, titled "The Wassail Song." A handsome letterpress production.
London/New York: Leadenhall Press/Charles Scribner's Sons, . Full title: A Righte Merrie Christmasse!!! : The Story of Christ-tide. 11.25'' x 9''. Original three-quarter sheepskin binding with red cloth boards and gilt lettering and embellishment. Top edge gilt, fore and tail edges machine-deckle. Copperplate frontispiece with guard paper. 250 pages, printed in red and black. Embossed owner's name to title page, Bertran Frederick Rudolph, Jr. Nameless engraved bookplate to front pastedown. Bookseller's label "Chas. E. Lauriat Co." to rear pastedown. Some spots of rubbing to binding, particularly to corners and spine; a bit of loss to head of spine, not affecting lettering. Frontispiece guard paper cracked at margin, but sound. Clean and bright.
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