Boston: Samuel E. Cassino, 1887. I. M. Gaugengigl and T. V. Chominski. Japanese Paper Edition (Limited). 121pp. Folio [43.5 cm] 1/4 bonded leather with moire patterning, with maroon cloth over boards and decorative gilt stamping on the front board. Top edge gilt. Tipped-in frontispiece portrait plus 23 tipped-in illustrations. The spine is worn, and the front board is just beginning to detach at the head (board still holding well however). The front board is a bit stained. Despite the rough exterior, the book is internally very good or better. Item #58846
Illustrated by I. M. Gaugengigl and T. V. Chominski. Boston painter Ignaz Marcel Gaugengigl (1855-1932) was a German-American artist who was revered as a master of human expression, and gained much notoriety for his small paintings which captured his careful attention to detail. Gaugengigl was a popular figure among Boston's elite, gaining numerous portrait commissions, and exhibiting his work at the St. Botolph Club and the Guild of Boston artists.
Less is known about Teodor Chominski (1856-?), an American painter who was active in New York, and created illustrations for Harper's Weekly.
The timeless and classic Christmas story accompanied with highly expressionistic and atmospheric illustrations.
This is the scarce Japanese Paper Edition, limited to one hundred copies. This copy in no. 20.