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1955 ‘The Littlest Angel’ Charles Tazewell, Christmas, Corinne Boyd Dillon Illustrations, Holiday, RARE
Coveted, hard-to-find 1955 private printing of this beloved Christmas story. Delightful, scarce "Corinne Boyd Dillon" illustrations - Dick and Jane artist!!
COLLECTOR'S 1955 children's original hardcover book - The Littlest Angel. This captivating, mischievous, endearing hero, was first published in 1946.
Written by Charles Tazewell. Illustrated with drawings by Corinne Boyd Dillon, who also illustrated a few of the popular Dick and Jane books.
Publisher: Privately Printed. Reprinted with permission of Children's Press. Copyright, 1955. True original copy. Not ex-library. Not a reprint. No isbn.
It was printed as a Christmas keepsake, and for whom we do not know, could have been for a prominent family. Not many copies were originally published.
BEAUTIFUL illustrations, and full page frontispiece drawing. Other pictures are half page, and one a third page. Photos do not fully capture color hues & detail; wait until you see up close. Lovely!
This tale was first introduced on radio by Helen Hayes in the late 1930's, early 1940's, and Loretta Young recorded it for Decca Records.
PLOT: Little boy become littlest angel in heaven, unhappy and homesick, he drives other angels to distraction with his piercing whistle and slipping halo. Sent to see the "an angel of peace."
When it comes time for Jesus to be born on Earth, the Littlest Angel gives his precious box to the Baby, but he is worried that God will think his gift too humble. God is pleased, and transforms the box into Star of Bethlehem.
Hardcover, blue cloth boards, white angel illustration, sewn binding, approx 14pp, 8.5" x 6", Binding tight. Not ex-lib. Excellent vintage condition.
Pages excellent overall/bright/clean-light wear-ffep nice written name-minimal yellowing/first 3pp tiny puncture/last 2pp light middle edgewear.
Cover very good/bright/clean-shelfwear includes mostly sunned spine-edges/small spot,1/4" puncture-1/4"tear spine end.
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