CHRISTMAS STORIES: A PARLOR COMPANION, FOR CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR, AND ALL SEASONS. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, n.d. [1886?]. Octavo, pp. [1-7] 8-468 -12: ads, inserted frontispiece, original brown cloth, stamped in black and gold, light brown endpapers, pink silk ribbon marker. First edition? Issued as part of Porter & Coates' "Alta Edition." Marketed as a Christmas gift book for children. The stories, all presented anonymously, include fairy tales as well as adult melodramas. Several of the stories appeared in the anonymously edited anthology, THE BAKED HEAD, AND OTHER TALES. NOW FIRST COLLECTED, AND FORMING THE SECOND VOLUME OF "PUTNAM'S STORY LIBRARY" (New York: G. P. Putnam & Co., 1856), including "Story of the Baked Head" and "Infatuation" the latter concerning forgery. Not a children's book, or a book of holiday stories. The American Catalogue dates this book 1886, but provides a different subtitle: CHRISTMAS STORIES: SELECTIONS FROM THE BEST WRITERS. So, this may be a later printing. Not in Wright, American Fiction 1876-1900. Early owner's name dated Christmas 1891 on front free endpaper. A very good copy. (#164007).
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