The Night Before Christmas First Edition inscribed by author Clement Clarke Moore
+++++++++++full page and use related illustration given to Peter First edition, presentation copy of Clement Clarke Moore’s poems contains one of the most widely recognized poems in the world. This well-known story composed in 1823, is the inspiration for many Christmas time traditions, such as hanging stockings by the chimney, and our notion of Santa Claus as a plump, happy-go-lucky, white-bearded old man. Aptly titled, A Visit From St. Nicholas, it is also known as The Night Before Christmas. Hardcover, copyrighted 1844 is inscribed by Moore in perfect black fountain pen on the half-title, “The Rev. Dr. Barry, with the respects of the author. Mar. 1846.” Moore, a wealthy biblical scholar from Manhattan, did not claim authorship of the poem, which enjoyed immediate and widespread popularity after a family member submitted it to an out-of-town newspaper. Only fifteen years later, when he included it in this collection of works, did Moore admit to writing it. Moore asserted that the poem was beneath him and that it was “a mere trifle”. Ironically, this single poem is the only thing for which Moore is remembered. Since that time, a reported inconsistency in the writing styles of Moore’s other poems and A Visit From St. Nicholas has spurred controversy over who is the actual author. No original manuscript has ever surfaced. The book has been well preserved and is offered to you in EX-MT condition.