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Kent, Rockwell, A Northern Christmas, New York, Random House, 1983, first edition, 12mo (7" x 5"), Hardcover in patterned slipcase, patterned paper boards w/ green & brown titles in similar slipcase, VG+ / VG+ (sc). Spine extremities bumped. Very light wear to sc.

Unpaginated. Profuse illustration. Foreword by Fridolf Johnson. Originally published by as the first of a series by The American Artists Group in 1941, this is a facsimile of that edition telling the story, illustrated with his woodcuts, of Kent's 1918 Christmas holiday spent with his eight year old son on an island in the Alaskan wilderness; the text is taken from his journal entries from that winter sojourn.

“Thursday, December nineteenth
This day is never to be forgotten, so beautiful, so calm, so still with the earth and every branch and tree muffled in deep, feathery new-fallen snow. And all day the softest clouds have drifted lazily over the heaven … It was a day to Live, —and work could be forgotten. So Rockwell and I explored the woods, at first reverently treading on path, so that the snow about us might still lie undisturbed. But soon the cub in the boy broke out and he rolled in the deepest thickets, shook the trees down upon himself, lay still in the snow for me to cover him completely, washed his face till it was crimson, and wound up with a naked snow bath.”

Of their Christmas Day feast, “Everything goes beautifully; the wood burns as it should, the oven heats, the kettle boils, the beans stew, and the bread browns in the oven just right, and the new pudding sauce foams up as rich and delicious as though instead of the first it were the hundredth time I’d made it. ”

Lovely production, true to the original, this little gem of a "gift book" book offers a moment of peace and quiet contemplation for the oft hectic holiday season.    [Book ID # 1450]


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