"I Love Christmastime": First Edition of Eloise At Christmastime; Signed by Hilary Knight
Eloise at Christmastime.
Thompson, Kay; Illustrated by Hillary Knight.$850.00
Item Number: 44654
New York: Random House, 1958.
First edition of the third book in the wonderfully illustrated Eloise series. Slim folio, original pictorial red boards, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by the illustrator on the front pastedown, “Hilary Knight at the Carle Museum 2015.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. A very nice example.
Eloise has always had a rather festive air about her, but when Christmastime rolls around, well, it's "Fa la la la fa la la la lolly ting tingledy here and there," of course. The bunchy-bloused, spindly-legged scamp is speaking in rhyme this time, and in typical Eloise fashion, the verse simply can't be perfectly metered, for what would be the point? She rushes around New York's Plaza Hotel on Christmas Eve, jingling, spreading Christmas cheer, tying tassels on the thermostats, and writing "Merry Christmas" on all the walls.