Christmas Treasures
by Deborah Cannarella

A beautiful evocation of the spirit of Christmas in all its glory and pageantry, in words and images familiar and welcoming.

This is a special Beaux Arts reprint edition available at a discounted price in limited quantities only.

Beginning with the Biblical accounts of the Holy Birth, Christmas Treasures relates the meaning of Christmas in tales of faith, love, gladness of heart, good cheer, and frivolity. Assembled here are many of the best-loved stories, poems, carols, and reminiscences that are, for many of us, as essential to preparing for the holidays as unwrapping the tree-top angel. It is the magnificent presentation of these works, however, that makes this book a treasure in its own right. With its gold-edged, fine laid paper, hand-tipped colorplates, and varnished illustrations, Christmas Treasures is appropriately bedecked for holiday display.

Excerpts from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Fir Tree," O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi," Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, and contemporary, soon-to-be classics including Richard Paul Evans's The Christmas Box, as well as poems by Shakespeare, John Donne, John Milton, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Clement Clarke Moore, Robert Frost and others make this compendium of Christmas spirit as complete as it is uplifting. Illustrating these texts is a collection of exquisite art: medieval illuminated manuscripts and illustrated Books of Hours; famous Nativity scenes by Raphael, Botticelli, Hugo van der Goes, Rembrandt, and Georges de la Tour; and cheerful secular depictions of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Christmas celebrations including works by Van Gogh, Matisse, Norman Rockwell, Thomas Nast, N.C. Wyeth, Grandma Moses, Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol and others.

Opening the pages of this book is like unwrapping a favorite Christmas gift again and again. Christmas Treasures is a gift in itself, evoking fond memories of Christmases past, and perhaps inspiring family traditions for many Christmases yet to come.

11 x 14 in., 240 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-839-8

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