SCARCE SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF RACKHAM’S THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
The Night Before Christmas.
Item Number: 50093
London: George C. Harrap & Co, 1931.
Signed limited first edition, number 244 of only 275 copies. Signed by Arthur Rackham. Octavo, original gilt-stamped limp vellum, red and white pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt, with four color plates and 17 in-text line cuts. Near fine in the original slipcase.
A Visit from St. Nicholas, more commonly known as The Night Before Christmas, is a poem first published anonymously in 1823 and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who claimed authorship in 1837. The poem has been called "arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American" (Edwin Burrows). For this edition of this classic, Arthur Rackham created four full-color illustrations, 17 drawings in black and white, and red and white pictorial endpapers.