Charming Christmas story, author signed, and SUPERB lithograph art!!
Collector's 1956 hard-to-find first edition children's hardcover book – The Wee Tree's Christmas. Title page original signature by author James W. Hatch. Reads; "James W. Hatch, December 22, 1965."
Publisher: James W. Hatch, Kinderhook, New York, Copyright, 1956, first edition. Lithographed by Crest Litho, Pictures by Austin. Inc, Buffalo, NY. No isbn. Not ex-library.
A whimsical, classic holiday story, told in delightful verse, rhyme. A humanized baby Christmas tree, and parents who help make a special Christmas for young orphaned children who would not otherwise have a tree. Perfect for reading out loud, whether at home, a teacher reading in a classroom, story-time group or homeschooling.
Profusely illustrated, ENCHANTING pastel drawings by Erwin Austin. Vivid full page color plates, and many single color illustrations. Unpaginated. Beautiful calligraphy style text. Photos do not fully capture exact color hues; wait until you see these beautiful pictures up close. WOW!
Oversize hardcover, bright color pictorial orange buckram boards, front white letters, white cloth spine-orange letters. Illustrations BRILLIANT. Binding tight. Unpaginated, 9" x 6.6", 55pp plus additional illustration page after last numbered text page. Excellent vintage condition.
Pages excellent/bright/clean/light shelfwear includes few pp light smudges/small mark some pp(highlights pics to show children),not on drawing. Cover excellent/bright/clean/light shelfwear-few marks-minimal corners bump/light spinewear includes spine ends bumped-light soiling.
This collector's gem is priced to sell; will make a FABULOUS gift!!