This rare hard to find first edition is that famous Christmas story which helped to mold the Victorians views of Santa Claus and Christmas traditions. This is a rare one, and you will be hard pressed to find another first edition anywhere. I have yet to find one available for purchase! This is the 1854 "The Christmas Stocking" by Susan Warner and published by G. Barclay of London part of the Ellen Montgomery Bookcase. The 'Ellen' is stamped on the cover in gold and stamped in ink on the inside 'Helen' instead. This little story is of Karl Krinken a poor boy whose parents skimp to provide a few things for his Christmas stocking. Saint Nick 's gift to the boy is that each item in the stocking tells a story to the boy from the 3 apples to the little red cent. Of course, these stories are of a moral and Christian nature. The book coincides with Charles Dickens and the hardships that poverty held for the poor of England. This is illustrated throughout with many engravings.
This book measures app. 6.5"x4" and 255 pages. This is in good condition with corner, edge, spine wear and bumping. The covers are both separated so need to be re-bound or re-attached in some way. There are names of previous owners on the first two blank pages. There is some toning with age and yellow spotting here and there. The inside is clean overall and there are no offensive odors.
Item ID: AGU-10020
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