by RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator; MOORE, Clement C.
London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1931. One Of The Most Difficult To Find Of All The Signed Limited Rackham'sA Near Fine Copy[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. MOORE, Clement C. The Night Before Christmas. London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1931. Deluxe edition, limited to 275 numbered copies for England signed by Arthur Rackham, this being copy no. 166, of a total edition of 550 copies. Octavo (9 x 5 3/4 in; 230 x 145 mm). 35,  pp. Four color plates and seventeen black and white drawings. Publisher's full limp vellum, front cover decoratively lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, pictorial endpapers. Very light circular stain on upper cover, otherwise a near fine copy. Housed in the publisher's matching numbered slipcase."The style of work for a series of poems published by Harrap and Sons in the early thirties returned unashamedly to the early style. These books were The Night Before Christmas (1931), The King Of The Golden River (1932), Goblin Market (1933) and The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1934). (Gettings, p. 161)."For the next three years Rackham and Harrap had a successful arrangement whereby two Rackham books, a long one and a shorter one, were published together annually. Thus in 1931, they brought out Walton's The Compleat Angler and Clement Moore's poem The Night Before Christmas. The limited edition of the latter sold out promptly." (Hamilton, p. 142).Latimore and Haskell, p. 66. Riall p. 174.
(Inventory #: 03918)
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