This is the classic recital of Christmas traditions in 19th century England. Originally part of The Sketch Books of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., which also included Irving's most famous stories, Rip van Winkle and The Legends of Sleepy Hollow, Old Christmas depicts Irving's Christmas Eve stagecoach trip to Yorkshire and the delightful holiday games and festive rituals he shared with his hosts. Famed illustrator Randolph Caldecott's original art for the 1875 edition has been beautifully reproduced, providing a perfect complement to Irving's descriptions of holiday cheer.
Irving's 1875 volume of English Christmas traditions preceded Dickens's A Christmas Carol by more than 20 years. This edition also sports 120 black-and-white drawings from the original printing. Libraries would do well to start their Christmas shopping early with this handsomely illustrated volume. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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September 13, 2005
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