A Christmas Poem
[Berkeley, California]: The Hart Press, . Anderson, Victor R. Limited Edition. Wraps. Limitation not stated, quarto size,  pp. Fine. Item #19080502
The annual Christmas publication issued by Ruth and James D. Hart, to friends in a limited edition; the limitation not stated, but likely an edition of 140 copies. James D. Hart (1911-1990) was an American literary scholar and professor at UC Berkeley for fifty-four years; he is perhaps best known for his work "The Oxford Companion to American Literature".
This work is "From an Anonymous Eighteenth-Century Broadside Printed in Virginia" and extolls the joys of keeping a "Merrie Christmas": "Now Christmas comes, 'tis fit that we / Should feast and sing, and merry be / Keep open House, let Fiddlers play, / A Fig for Cold, sing Care away / And may they who thereat repine / On brown Bread and on small Beer dine."
This pamphlet lavishly illustrated by Victor R. Anderson, with illustrations on every page with text.
___DESCRIPTION: Original pictorial green wrappers, title and illustration on the front wrap, string-bound, fore-edge uncut, pictorial title and illustrations in text (all almost full-page, with the few lines of text surrounded by the illustration), each in black and white, printers device at colophon; laid paper, quarto size (10" by 6.5"),  pp., limitation not stated (likely 140 copies).
___CONDITION: A fine copy, the green colour of the wrap deep and unfaded (other than perhaps some extremely light sunning towards the spine), the string binding strong and tight, internally bright and clean, and free of prior owner markings; the corners ever-so-slightly bumped, else fine. The small card from the publisher also fine, clean and utterly without wear or blemish.
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