What a very rare Antique “1904” children’s illustrated book “Mr. Kris Kringle”. A charming Christmas tale, both adults and children will enjoy this heartwarming tale. The dedication reads, “The following little Christmas story was written to benefit the Home of the Merciful Saviour for Crippled Children, Philadelphia.” It was written by S. Weir Mitchell, who was a Doctor, and author of other books. Published by George W. Jacobs & Co, Philadelphia, Copyright, 1904. There are illustrations throughout the book including five full page beautiful illustrations & wonderful frontispiece by Clyde O De Land. Each page has lovely decorative illustrations on both the top and bottom of the page. in addition to the five plates.
This enchanting story begins, “It was Christmas Eve. The snow had clad the rolling hills in white, as if in preparation for the sacred morrow. The winds, boisterous all day long, at fall of night ceased to roar amidst the naked forest, and now, the silent industry of the falling flakes made of pine and spruce tall white tents. At last, as the darkness grew, a deepening stillness came on hill and valley, and all nature seemed to wait expectant of the coming of the Christmas time. Above the broad river a long, gray stone house lay quiet; within, a huge fire of mighty logs lit up with distinctness only the middle space, and fell with variable illumination on a silent group about the hearth. On one side a mother sat with her cheek upon her hand, her elbow on the table, gazing steadily into the fire; on the other side were two children, a girl and a boy.”
It is a hardcover book with beautiful decorated red & green mistletoe design and titles. The illustrations are on glossy pages, the pages are a very nice quality linen type paper. It is in excellent condition, it is hard to believe this book is over 100 years old. The cover is bright and clean, there is some very light foxing at the top (it does not affect the brightness or take away from the book), very light corner bumping. The pages are clean and bright, illustrations are incredible looking, there is an occasional tiny spot, hardly even noticed.There is a light inscription on the blank endpaper. This book is in beautiful shape.
Do not pass up this gem ...it is a must have for all book collector's!!
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