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1 Bailey, Temple. The Star in the Well, A Christmas Story.
New York: The P. F. Volland Company, 1928. 
Octavo, paperbound (stiff, illus. rose wrappers), uncut, tissue-protected frontis., 46 pp. Illustrated. Very Good, with sunned spine and edgewear that includes light chipping. From book: Mary-Alice, eating her very soft-boiled egg and her square of buttered toast, was serenely unaware of the stormy forces gathering about the breakfast table until she heard her mother say, with a sob in her voice, “But I hate to think, Michael, that she won't have what we had.” “What did we have?” “Oh, all the beautiful beliefs about Christmas Day. And now, we've lost them, you and I -- we've lost the shepherds and the angels singing, and the Babe in the Manger, and we've lost the Star.” Mary-Alice reached for another square of toast, but was stopped by her mother's question, “How many have you had, Mary-Alice?” “Two.” “Drink your milk before you have another.” Mary-Alice, having drained her glass, demanded: “How did the star get losted?” “There, you see?” said her mother tensely. “See what?” Michael had risen, and stood looking down at his wife... “What can we tell her? Am I to repeat to her what you have just said to me -- that Christmas Day is a pagan hold-over, that the Wise Men and all the rest are just -- poetic fantasies?” “We must face the truth.” “But what is the truth, Michael?”... 
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2 Brown, Joan Winmill. Christmas Joys: A Treasury of Old Favorites and New Gems of Christmas Lore, Legend, and Inspiration. Compiled and Edited by Joan Winmill Brown. Illustrations by Lynn Stephens Lieppman.
Garden City, NY: A Doubleday-Galilee Original/Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1982. First Edition, Stated. 
Octavo; slick, full-color illus. boards; xviii, 172 pp. Near-Fine, with light foxing (age darkened spotting) along page edges. 
Price: 9.50 USD
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3 Caldecott, Randolph. Christmas Stories. Illustrations by Randolph Caldecott.
Chicago, Illinois: The Cuneo Press, Inc., MCMXLV. 
Octavo, brown cloth (hardcover), gilt letters & decorations to spine, top edge gilt, uncut, xiii + 240 pp. Good+, with light edgewear that includes a bit of fraying. Contents: The Hall; The Busy Man; Family Servants; The Widow; The Lovers; Family Reliques; An Old Soldier; THe Widow's Retinue; REady-Money Jack; Bachelors; A Literary Antiquary; The Farm- House; Horsemanship; Love Symptoms; Falconry; Hawking; Fortune-Telling; Love-Charms; A Bachelor's Confessions; Gipsies; Village Worthies; The Schoolmaster; The School; A Village Politician; The Rookery; May-Day; The Culprit; Lovers' Troubles; The Weddings; The Birth of Christ (Tennyson); The Shepherd's Hymn (Richard Crashaw); A Christmas Carol (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow); 1944 Christmas Message (His Holiness Pope Pius XII). 
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4 Cuneo Press. Cuneo Christmas Book, Volume Eighteen. With Original Illustrations Especially Prepared for This Volume.
Chicago: The Cuneo Press, Inc., 1959. 
Octavo, red cloth (hardcover), gilt letters & decorations to spine, top edge gilt, uncut, 201 pp. Near-Fine, with lightly rubbed edges. Contents: A Christmas Tree (Charles Dickens); The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky (Stephen Crane); The Artist of the Beautiful (Nathaniel Hawthorne); A Tale of Negative Gravity (Frank R. Stockton); The Boom in the Calaveras Clarion (Bret Harte); A New England Nun (Mary Wilkins Freeman); Among the Corn-Rows (Hamlin Garland); The Christmas Broadcast (Pope John XXIII); 
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5 Cuneo Press. Cuneo Christmas Book. With Original Illustrations Especially Prepared for This Volume.
Chicago: The Cuneo Press, Inc., 1967. 
Octavo, red cloth (hardcover), gilt letters & decorations to spine, top edge gilt, uncut, 176 pp. Near-Fine, with lightly rubbed edges. Contents: Twin Love (Baynard Taylor); The Star in the Valley (Charles Egbert Craddock); The Monarch of Dreams (Thomas Wentworth Higginson); The Seventh Son (James Hall); The Exiles (Richard Harding Davis); The Pope's Message (Pope Paul VI). 
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6 Hegg, Tom. [Hanson, Warren; Illus.]. Peef, The Christmas Bear.
Minneapolis: Waldmaaan House Press, Inc., [1995]. First Printing, As Stated. 
Oblong quarto, full-collor pictorial boards, 46 pp. Fine (As New), in a Near-Fine dust jacket with slight edgewear. 
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7 Krythe, Maymie. All About Christmas: The Customs, Legends and Traditions Associated with Christmas Around the World. [Signed].
New York: Harper & Brothers, (1954). Fifrst Edition, Stated. 
Signed, and Inscribed “Here's hoping that each Christmas will bring you much holiday joy!' Octavo, cloth backed boards (hardcover), 211 pp. Near-Fine, with very small former-owner stamp, in a Good+ dust jacket with light edgewear and soiling. From jacket: The United States has inherited traditional observances from all over the world. now the history and development of our present-day customs are made available in a single volume. This book gives an account of the origin of Christmas and the history of hundreds of traditions connected with its observance. 
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8 Lose, G. W. Christmas Eve in the Mountaineer's Home.
hirsch & Blanke: Evangelical Publishing Co., n.d. 
Octavo, blue cloth & illus. paper, (hardcover), 63 pp. Very Good+, with slight foxing to endpapers, edgewear. 
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9 McCarthy, Kevin M. Christmas in Florida.
Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press, Inc., [2000]. First Edition, As Stated. 
Octavo, softbound (full-color slick illus. wrappers), 159 pp. Fine (As New). Contents: Introduction; Early Christmas Celebrations in the South; Christmas Celebrations in Florida Over the Years; Ethnic Celebrations in Florida; Christmas Around the State; Bird Counts, Christmas Trees, License Tags, and Place Names; Christmas Stories of Florida; Bibliography; Index; Index to Recipes. “Although Florida is known for sun and beaches rather than picturesque white Christmases, the state has had its own special ways of celebrating the holiday...You will also discover the holiday celebrations of Florida's many ethnic communities, including African-Americans, Czechs, Finns, Germans, Greeks, Hispanics, Italians, Minorcans, Norwegians, and Scots, as well as a traditional Christmas recipe from each. And, enjoy several stories, both true and fictional, of heart-warming Christmas celebrations around Florida.” 
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10 Mencken, H. L. Christmas Story. Illustrations by Bill Crawford.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946. First Edition, Stated. 
Small octavo, measuring 6 inches x 7 inches; blue cloth (hardcover); full-color illus. paper label; gilt letters; full-color illus. endpapers; [32] pp. Near-Fine, with darkened spine; in a Very Good, mylar protected dust jacket with edgewear. From dust jacket: H. L. Mencken, with an author's tenderness for his offspring, describes this little book as “a Christmas story to surpass, transcend and put an end to all other Christmas stories. He says that it is full of “psychology, sociology, tehology (both moral and dogmatic), ethics, aesthetics, economics, penology, psychiatry and sex appeal.” “It is aimed,” he goes on, “at infidels, and yet it should delight and ravish the pious. It is as immoral as a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, and yet it packs one of the damnedest morals ever recorded in the literature of the Western World.” All this is crowded into 32 pages, with room for the gaudy pictures by Bill Crawford. It is the author's shortest book. His last ran to 790 pages. 
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11 Primavera, Elise. Auntie Claus.
San Diego: Silver Whistle, (1999). 
Quarto, hardcover (full-color illus. boards), 40 pp. Illustrated in full color. Near-Fine, with wear to the upper corner of upper cover; in a like dust jacket. 
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12 Sims, J. Michael. Young Claus: Legend of the Boy Who Became Santa.
Los Angeles, CA: Cygnet Trumpeter, (1996). 
Octavo, red boards (hardcover), silver letters, 100 pp. Fine (As New) in a Fine (As New) dust jacket. From jacket: Crafted over many, many years, here is the remarkable story that chronicles the events of the boy who grew to become one of today's most beloved icons. Orphaned as a small child, Young Claus sets off to find his destiny and enters a fantasia-filled forest inhabited by a gentle giant named Mountain, a lost and mystic colony of elves, lead by the Great Belkin, and many remarkable animals. Through Claus' extraordinary encounters and magical journey, this rebellious young man eventually learns the gifts of sharing, love, and self-purpose. 
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13 Smith, Lillian. Memory of a Large Christmas. Decorations by Constance McMillan.
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1962. Stated First Edition. 
Octavo, red and green boards (hardcover), 83 pp. Illustrated. Near-Fine, with neat inscription, in a Very Good dust jacket with light edgewear. From dust jacket: Lillian Smith has here painted an enchanting portrait of Christmas as she knew it in childhood. There were nine of the Smith children, and the grandmothers and cousins, and there was a big house that never quite ended, and there were the smokehouse and hog-killing and the shaking of the pecan trees, and all the delicious doings that went on in a 19th century kitchen, which lingered into the early decades of the 20th century. But above all, there was a father who, as impresario and ritual maker, polished family events so that, as the author says, “Even today, a half century later, they blind the eyes with their shine.” She goes on to say, “But perhaps what holds it so fresh in my memory is the fact that along with all our physical play and work we lived a wild life of the imagination: it was hard to keep it from spilling over into reality and painful when reality would step up and prune our flowering. That is why in this memory of Christmas in a small southern town there were sudden excursions to Versailles and the Hall of Mirrors and to the small-town Opera House and the jail in search of a Christmas gift for the parents; and it is why an elegant coffin could figure so prominently in the festivities. And why, one year, forty-eight “real” convicts ate Christmas dinner with us.” A brief portion of Lillian Smith's book appeared last year in Life... 
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14 Starr, George Henry. The Christmas Spirit: A Book of Merriment, Comfort and Cheer.
New York: The Platt & Peck Co., (1911). 
Small, square octavo, illus. cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 138 pp. Very Good, with a bit of speckling to lower cover & tip of spine, and original ad pasted to fep. 
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15 Zabar, Abbie. A Perfectly Irregular Christmas Tree. [Signed].
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., (1991). First Printing, Stated. 
Signed by the Author. Octavo, full-color illus. boards (hardcover), 39 pp. Charmingly illus. in full color. Fine, in a Very Good dust jacket with several small rips. From jacket: Here is a story of Christmas, of the hustle and bustle of New York City, and of a scraggly blue spruce that goes on to outshine the most stately balsam. Abbie Zabar's delicate drawings and gently verse pay homage to the best holiday classics. In celebrating the very things that make each of us special, she has created a back-to-basics fairy tale that will captivate children and melt the hearts of grown-ups. 
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