NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. CLEMENT MOORE.
NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

FIRST USE OF THE TITLE THAT WE USE TODAY

(NICK)illus.

NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS. (MOORE,CLEMENT) NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS; Or kriss kringle's visit by Clement C. Moore WITH OTHER CHRISTMAS POEMS. Phil.: Willis P. Hazard [1858]. Large 8vo (7" wide x 10 1/2" high), pictorial wraps, [16]p. including covers, lacks outer wrap, last leaf has 2 triangular pieces off inner edges (no loss of text), spine worn, corners rounded, some soil and chipping, G-VG. This edition is important because it marks the first use of the "Night Before Christmas" as the title which we've all come to use, as opposed to "A Visit From St. Nicholas." It is illustrated by Nick with 3 full page wood engravings plus a large engraving on the cover that isn't repeated in the text. The illustration of Santa going down the chimney is a copy by R. Roberts of Charles Ingham's drawing that was first printed in 1841 for the January issue of the New York Mirror. The remainder of the book contains 2 Christmas poems: "The Night After Christmas" which is a parody of Moore's poem, illustrated with 2 full page engravings and "Christmas and Children" illustrated with 1 large engraving. Rare.

[Item #33270]

Price: $2,750.00