[THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS] MOORE, CLEMENT C. A Visit from St. Nicholas as published in The New York Book of Poetry
. New York: George Dearborn, 1837. First book form publication. Modern green morocco backed boards. 9 x 5 1/2 inches; engraved frontispiece, 253 pp., Moore's poem appearing on p. 217-19. Foxing which is heavy at places, intermittent library stamps, old dampstains, the spine lettering rubbed.
While published in almanacks as early as 1825, this is the first book form appearance of Moore's famous Christmas poem, and the first to name him as its author.
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