New York: Hurd and Houghton. F.O.C. DARLEY. Leather bound. [HOLIDAY] [ILLUSTRATED]. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1868. F.O.C. DARLEY, illustrator.
8vo;[i-v], vi, [iv],  2-198pp; triple gilt-rules on brown morocco, gilt-stamped decorative cartouche featuring a collection of holiday symbolism front and rear; 5 raised spine bands, gilt-ruled compartments and gilt-stamped lettering on spine; all edges gilt; gilt-dentelles, marbled endpapers; calligraphy presentation in ink on front fly-leaf; 6 engraved plates with tissue guard including fp; drop-caps with marginal illustrations; binding tight; light wear to boards; near fine. Near fine. Item #1763
An interesting discourse on Christian holidays, their associated pagan roots, and how they have been celebrated through the ages, all accompanied by illustrations. Covered in the chapters is the Origin of the Social Festivities of Christmas, Christmas Carols, Christmas in the Halls of Old England, Christmas Mummeries, Christmas Gambols, the Christmas Banquets of the Olden Time, Twelfth-Day or Old Christmas, Shrove-Tide or Carnival, Easter, Rogation Week, Whitsuntide, May Day, St. John’s or Midsummer Ever, and Harvest Home. A treasure of history and traditions for lovers of holidays.
Scarce to find in this condition and in a deluxe leather binding.