Once again Christmas has crept up on us. We’re through the solstice turn and are in the final stretch of 2017.
However, I’m devastated to say that I’ve never heard that Santa delivers binding images, even to the best behaved, which prompted this bitter image.
|Cover by Margaret Armstrong|
To celebrate the holiday season appropriately, AmericanTrade Bindings and Beyond is pleased to offer two gifts for your enjoyment. I must note that these images are not re-gifted; in fact, two are so new that they have not even made it onto our website.
The first is a stocking stuffer, fit to mingle with the knick-knacks, unshelled nuts, candies, fruits and, of course, the chocolate covered marshmallow Santas. You’ll need a jumbo stocking for this one, however, as it is 610 pages and comes in a whopping 10 ½ x 8 x 1 ½ inch case.
Truman, Ben. C. History of the World's Fair, being a complete and authentic description of the Columbian Exposition from its inception. With special articles by Geo. R. Davis, Thos. W. Palmer, Mrs. Potter Palmer, Moses P. Handy, D.H. Burnham, John Thorpe, Thomas B. Bryan, and numerous other people prominently connected with the Exposition. Profusely illustrated with engravings made from photographs and drawings of exhibits in the various departments. Johnsons, N.Y.: Star Publishing Co., 1893.
And to make it even more enticing-- it does not have a marshmallow center; instead it contains a cheese filling! To pique your interest, here’s a peek under the wrapper:
Our second book comes in two varieties. Since I couldn’t choose-- here are both.
Holloway, Laura C. The hearthstone; or, Life at home. A household manual. Containing hints and helps for home making; home furnishing; decorations; amusements; health directions; the sick-room; the nursery; the library; the laundry; etc. Together with a complete cookery book. Beloit, Wis.: The Inter-State Publishing House, 1883.
There’s a reason for this pairing but I’m not going to reveal it until after the 25th. Since we’re on holiday for the rest of the month, however, you’ll have to wait until 2018. But the revelation will certainly make the delay worthwhile as the new year promises a strange journey to premature smacking, bibles, offensive teeth, dummies, mysterious places of publication, theosophy, wandering agents, mysterious publishers, surprising uses for beef tea, and, of course, mammoth cheese.