London: Chatto and Windus, Publishers, .
Hardcover. Between these gilt-stamped and mistletoe-bedecked covers, this 1874 collection of Christmas carols gathers together legendary and narrative carols, religious carols, numeral carols, carols in praise of the holly and ivy, carols in praise of the boar's head, and festive carols, each one illustrated in a headpiece, tailpiece, and decorative initial. From classic carols like "Joy to the World" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" to lesser known ones like "A Carol in Praise of Ale," and more, this Christmas carol collection is, inside and out, a gift for all who believe in the magic of Christmas and a welcome ornament to any shelf.
6 1/2" X 4 1/4". xvi, 17-226pp, plus 48pp illustrated ads. Forest green cloth over beveled boards, with mistletoe and title stamped in gilt with red berries to upper board and ivy-strewn title in gilt to spine. Moderate wear to binding, with small wrinkle to bottom edge of upper board from bumping, rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and split, small tears to head and tail of spine, and slight lean to spine. All edges gilt. Last gathering, of ads, cut ever so slighly roughly, showing at fore-edge. Hinges are a touch tender. Spine visible at center. Binding remains sound. Very faint inscription to front free endpaper. Pages are clean and unmarked. OCLC shows 4 holdings. Good. Item #6279