Hodder and Stoughton.
8vo, in fours. 6.25 x 8 inches. 175 +  pp. Bound in original green cloth, gilt, with black titles above decorated block on front board. Extremities a little worn, spine sunned, fly leaves browned and some foxing largely confined to edges and margins; otherwise a very good copy with clean plates. 1913 gift inscription on front pastedown. Illustrated by 24 plates, 18 in colour, including frontispiece and title, and 6 in black and white, by 4 section headings in colour, followed by vignette half titles, by vignettes in preliminaries and at the foot of every page. The US author, Washington Irving (1783-1859) played an important role in the reinterpretation and revival of Christmas celebrations in the nineteenth century. These four short stories, The Stage-Coach, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and The Christmas Dinner, relate the journey of the narrator to spend a 'traditional' Christmas at the Yorkshire manor house of Squire Bracegirdle. They were originally published in 1820 as part of the thirty four short story collection, The Sketch Book (1819-20 and here reprinted with the evocative illustrations of Cecil Aldin (1870-1935).
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