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    Christmas Stocking Library. Boston: L. Prang & Co., [1865]. Complete set of six Christmas juvenile books housed in the delicate original publisher's box. Titles include A Visit from St. Nicholas, The Story of Hans the Swapper, Dame Duck's Lecture, Who Stole the Bird's Nest, In the Forest, and A Farm Yard Story. Six volumes, complete set. Small twelvemo (each leaf measures 4.125 x 2.5 inches; 104 x 64 mm). Each volume with twelve chromo-lithographic illustrations bound in folded accordion style, including titles for A Visit from St. Nicholas and The Story of Hans the Swapper. Minor wear and staining to printed wrappers, minor foxing to chromolithographs. Housed in the publisher's original paper-covered box with hinged lid, decorative lithographed title label on the top, and a second lithographed label inside the lid with title and list of books plus two color-pictorial vignettes. Box a bit rubbed and worn, hinge starting but holding, paper under hinge tearing from board causing the lid to droop just a bit, minor scattered staining. Colors bright and chromo-lithographs particularly charming. A very good, rare complete, set of this Christmas themed ephemeral juvenile printing.

    Our idea of Christmas is a nineteenth century creation. The first commercial Christmas card was issued only in 1843. This Christmas gift box is one of the earliest efforts by a publisher to exploit this new market.

    The first toy book here is a delightful version of Clement Moore's Christmas poem "The Night Before Christmas" (here issued anonymously, under its original title), designed as a leporello. It is copyrighted 1864 - the other five volumes comprise Hans the Sweeper (#2), Dame Duck's Lecture (#3), Who Stole the Bird's Nest (#4), In the Forest (#5), and A Farm Yard Story (#6), all copyrighted 1865.

    Marshall, The Night Before Christmas: A Descriptive Bibliography, #59 (mis-describing the set as having five volumes). Not in Jock Elliott's Grolier exhibition.

    Justin Schiller has located only three other boxed sets (AAS, Huntington Library, and Smith College).


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