Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas collectible books:no batteries needed!


Capote, Truman, A Christmas Memory (Random House, 1st ed., 1966). LOC 66-21461. Hardcover, black boards with gilt stamping, 45 pp, slipcase faded and worn but book in very good condition. HBB price: $29.95 obo.

McBain, Ed, And All Through The Night: Christmas Eve at the 87th Precinct (Warner Books, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1984). ISBN -0-446-51845-X. Ed McBain delighted readers with over forty novels featuring the boys at the 87th precinct. In this slim volume, it’s 10.30 Christmas Eve and the precinct isn’t just quiet. It’s dead. Det. Steve Carella figures its a paperwork night. Maybe get home a little early. The things start happening. A charming retelling of the birth of Jesus as a night at the precinct. Hardcover, no dustjacket. The blazing Christmas tree on the cover is visible through a precinct window on the slipcase. 5.75 x 5.75 inches, 40 pp. Very good condition. HBB price: $25 obo.


Porter, Katherine Anne, A Christmas Story (Seymour Lawrence Book/Delacorte Press, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1967). LOC 67-25978. Illustrations by Ben Shahn. Porter (1890-1980) was a renowned short story writer for three decades before embarking on a twenty-some year struggle to publish a novel. When it came out in 1962 as Ship of Fools, it won the Pulitzer Prize and was made into a successful Hollywood film. This holiday tale was written for Porter’s five year-old niece and published in Mademoiselle in 1946. This handsome little 5.75” x 5.75” volume has green boards with gilt lettering and cover art, and a very good price clipped dust jacket. unpaginated, 36 pp. HBB price: $25 obo.


Winget, Susan, The Night Before Christmas (Lang Books, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1999). ISBN 0-7412-0285-9. The North Carolina illustrator’s recreation of Clement Clay Moore’s celebrated holiday poem. Hardcover, green cloth boards with embossed titling; unclipped dust jacket. Attractive slipcase. Very good condition. Presentation page inscribed, to Joshua Silard, from Grandma Silard, December 1999. Rare with the slipcase. HBB price: $49.95 obo.

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