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"The Night Before Christmas" (1931)

 

Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

 

 

"The Night Before Christmas" (1931) was a version of the classic poem attributed to Clement Moore, "A Visit from St Nicholas" accompanied

by a suite of illustrations from Arthur Rackham.

 

Moore was a Professor of Oriental and Greek literature at Columbia College - now Columbia University .

 

Generally credited as author of "A Visit from St Nicholas", a poem published anonymously in 1823, Moore is thus, associated with a poem that

has been referred to as "arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American" (Burrows and Wallace, 1898).

 

Prior to the publication of "A Visit from St Nicholas", conceptions of Santa Claus varied widely throughout the World.

 

Following that publication, the characteristics of Santa Claus have consolidated, however, with the poem being identified as a significant factor

in the creation of a jovial and religion-free old elf concerned with spreading joy to children through the world.

 

In 1962, William and Ceil Baring-Gould ("The Annotated Mother Goose") referred to Rackham's suite for "The Night Before Christmas" as

being amongst his most "celebrated illustrations" and writing more than 3 decades after the First Edition was published, Dorothy de Goza

wrote of the enduring popularity of the Moore's poem and Rackham's accompanying illustrations upon the release for the latest edition for the

Christmas of 1967, thus:

 

Then, for a breath from Santa, we might add the new edition of "The Night Before Christmas".

This is illustrated by Arthur Rackham and the pictures are as gay as the lines.

 

For "The Night Before Christmas" (1931), Arthur Rackham prepared a suite of illustrations including 4 major colour images, 17 monotone

designs, End Papers, illustrated Title and Half-Title pages in addition to the design for the illustrated Dust Jacket (which was also used for

the cover).

 

 

Cover for ''The Night Before Christmas'' (1931), illustrated by Arthur Rackham

On the left, we show a rare copy "The Night Before Christmas" illustrated by Rackham and

produced by George C Harrap & Co. Ltd (London) in 1931 that retains the original illustrated

Dust Jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the right, we show the illustrated

Title Page designed by Rackham.

Title Page for ''The Night Before Christmas'' (1931), illustrated by Arthur Rackham

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Our Greeting Cards and Fine Art Posters showing Arthur Rackham's

artwork for the First Edition of "The Night Before Christmas" (1931)

 

 

Greeting Card sample showing an Arthur Rackham illustration from ''The Night Before Christmas'' (1931)

 

 

For connoisseurs of Rackham's work, we have prepared sets of 4 Greeting Cards (approximately 7x5" on premium acid-free card stock)

displaying each of his colour images for "The Night Before Christmas" and on the left, we show an example of how these Greeting Cards

appear.

 

 

 

Code: AR NBC CS(4)
Price: US$20.00

 

   

When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in 'hommage' to the hand-crafted approach

typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is hand-finished and the

images are presented on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. The rear of each card carries information about

Arthur Rackham, this wonderful suite and the profiled illustration - we have left the interior of the cards blank so that you may write

your own personal message.

 

Should you wish to order a reproduction print of one or more of these images, we have provided some options below. Each of our

Fine Art Posters is prepared with archival quality papers and inks - and also accompanied by information about Arthur Rackham,

this suite and the profiled illustration.

 

To purchase, simply click on the appropriate "Add to Cart" button and you will be taken through to our Shopping Cart secured through

PayPal. Multiple purchases will be consolidated by that feature and shipping and handling costs to any destination in the world are

accommodated by our flat-rate fee of US$20 for every US$200 worth of purchases.

 

Of course, should you wish to discuss some customised options, we welcome your contact on any matter through

ThePeople@SpiritoftheAges.com.

 

In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Arthur Rackham.

Fine Art Poster sample showing an Arthur Rackham illustration from ''The Night Before Christmas'' (1931)

 

An example of one of our Fine Art Posters

in a superb 12x18" format

     

 

The colour illustrations by Arthur Rackham for the First Edition

of "The Night Before Christmas" (1931)

 

 

Arthur Rackham - 'The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hope that St Nicholas soon would be there ...' from ''The Night Before Christmas'' (1931) Arthur Rackham - 'The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads ...' from ''The Night Before Christmas'' (1931) Arthur Rackham - 'With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St Nick ...' from ''The Night Before Christmas'' (1931) Arthur Rackham - 'He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk ...' from ''The Night Before Christmas'' (1931)  

The stockings were hung by the

chimney with care,

In hopes that St Nicholas soon

would be there ...

(Frontispiece)

 

 

The children were nestled all snug

in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums

danced in their heads ...

With a little old driver,

so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it

must be St Nick ...

He spoke not a word, but went

straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then

turned with a jerk ...

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: NBC C1 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: NBC C2 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: NBC C3 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: NBC C4 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

 
                       

 

 

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