New York: E.P. Dutton, 1943. Small folio, measuring 11.5 x 8.5 inches: , 17-127,  (complete). Original red cloth stamped in black over color pictorial paper boards, blue and white pictorial endpapers, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Musical scores for twenty-nine Christmas carols, full-color and halftone illustrations throughout text. Publisher's slip tipped in at pages 120-121. Bookseller ticket to rear pastedown. Faint smudging to jacket spine ends and rear panel.
First edition of this vivid midcentury collection of Christmas carols. The musical score for each carol is accompanied by an illustration by Disney animator Gustaf Tenggren, and the story of the carol’s composition, fabled or historical: “People living in cold, wintry climates have given us carols about pine trees and snow; those in warm countries gave us songs of flowers and birds; the hill towns tell of shepherds tending their sheep and journeying to the manger; and people living by the water have given us carols about ships bearing precious burdens.” Highlights include “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Joy to the World,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” and “We Three Kings.” A bright near-fine example.