New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1900. Frederick Simpson COBURN. First edition thus. Cloth. [HOLIDAY]. Mary ARMSTRONG, cover design. First edition thus. 12mo; xii [ii], 174pp; white textured boards, stamped design of holly in red and green, gilt stamped lettering on front and spine; green holly decorated endpapers; gilt-decorated title page; gilt top edge, deckle fore-edge and bottom; frontispiece + 11 illustrated photogravure plates with titled tissue guards; b&w illustrations throughout, including holly decorations in the margins; publisher’s silk bookmark; light soiling to boards, binding tight; very good plus. Very good +. Item #1468
The third of Charles Dickens’ five Christmas books, this one focuses on an impending marriage, suspected marital infidelity, and a traveling elderly stranger. The cricket on the hearth is the family’s good luck and protection. A happy and resolved ending as in Dicken’s other Christmas books.
The cover designer, Mary Armstrong (1867-1944), was an American designer, illustrator, and author who mostly designed in the Art Nouveau style. She is considered one of the most prolific and important book cover designers of her era.