Oct 27, 2022 - Sale 2619

Sale 2619 - Lot 200

Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
MOORE, CLEMENT C. A Visit From St. Nicholas. Illustrated in color with 5 woodcut engravings, one initial, and vignette at end by [T.C.] Boyd. 6 1/2 x 5 inches. [14] pp. Supplied plain front and rear wrappers (ownership signatures dated 1852 to front), later stitching with torn cloth backstrip, browned and spotted with some water staining, paper repairs throughout, edge chips and tears with loss to last eight leaves, effecting some letters.Rare second fully-illustrated book-length edition of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas following the Henry M. Onderdonk edition (New York, 1848), also known by only a few copies. A facsimile of the present edition was published by the New York Public Library in 1967 and records thus: "This is a happy re-creation of the 1849 illustrated edition of which only two copies are known to exist. That from which this facsimile was reproduced remains behind locked doors in New York's Fifth Avenue Library." No other examples of this edition located in ABPC or Rare Book Hub. New York: Spalding & Shepard, 1849