Mar 02, 2023 - Sale 2628

Sale 2628 - Lot 231

Price Realized: $ 10,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 8,000
MOORE, CLEMENT C. A Visit from St. Nicholas. Frontispiece, 5 full-page woodcuts, initial, borders, and vignette at end by T. C. Boyd. 8vo, publisher's wrappers printed in red and blue, supplied later thin card overwrap, lightly browned, few insignificant stains/spots, old ownership inscription dated 1854 on first leaf. Exceedingly well-preserved rare first fully-illustrated book-length edition of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Marshall in her definitive bibliography of the poem cites only two known copies. According to Rare Book Hub, this is just the second copy of this imprint to appear at auction (Swann, 2 Feb 2006, sale 2065, lot 174, $4,600). Marshall, The Night Before Christmas 32. New York: Henry M. Onderdonk, 1848