New York: Dial Books, (1988). Slim quarto, original blue cloth lettered in gilt over blue paper boards, red endpapers, original clipped pictorial jacket. Color illustrations throughout text. Bookplate signed by Gloria Houston affixed to front free endpaper.
Early printing of this modern holiday classic, illustrated by two-time Caldecott medalist Barbara Cooney, the story of a young girl waiting for her father to return from the Great War in time to cut their Christmas tree. “We shall have a balsam Christmas tree, my pretty young'un . . . The balsam grows up the rocky craigs where only a venturesome man may go." A fine copy, perfect for reading aloud, signed on a bookplate by author Gloria Houston.