Boston: David R. Godine, 1980. Slim quarto, original terracotta boards lettered in gilt, tan endpapers, original clipped color pictorial dust jacket. Color and black-and-white illustrations throughout text. Small splash mark to lower edge of front board, small tape repair to verso of jacket.
Striking illustrated edition of Dylan Thomas’s classic holiday story, a lyrical account of Christmas Day in a small Welsh town, first published as a 1950 feature in Harper’s Bazaar: “All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged, fish-freezing waves.” This edition of A Child’s Christmas in Wales marks the first American appearance of Edward Ardizzone’s color illustrations. A bright copy of a beautiful book.