This wonderful old book is "Carl Krinken His Christmas Stocking" by Susan Warner and part of the Ellen Montgomery's Book Shelf. This has a "entered according to act of Congress 1853" on the inside and was printed by Shephard, Clark, Brown of Boston. There is a preface at the beginning which ends with a December 13, 1853, date. This is a story of a poor young boy. His parents scrape together a few things to put into an old worn stocking for Christmas. Santa Claus paused to look at the items and then tapped the stocking with a stick he carried. Each of the items in the stocking tell a tale to the boy (Carl Krinken) that only the boy can hear. The tales reflect a moral Judeo-Christian influence. The last tale told is by the stocking. It is a sweet book reminding one of Charles Dickens at times with his insights on poverty and hardship. There are some nice illustrations inside. More photos are available for the asking!
This book is app. 6.5inches x 4.25inches with 308 pages. This has cloth covered hardboards in red with gold gilt decorations. This is a good reading copy only as there is quite a bit of cover wear and spine wear. There is corner, edge, spine wear and bumping. There is soiling with the back cover quite stained. There is flaking off and missing cloth to the spine.The book is complete with the binding intact. "Anthony Van Tuyl 401 Shook Ave. San Antonio 2, Texas" is stamped on the inside blank page. There is some foxing in spots to a few pages. There is age toning and spotting here and there inside. There are no offensive odors.