Twas The Night Before Christmas is considered to be the most collected work of literature in the English language. The poem has been published thousands of times over the past near-to two centuries. Collecting the poem is both a pleasant pastime and can be a business venture. Pamela McColl is an avid collector.
Thousands of edtions of the classic Christmas poem have been published over the years plus countless printings in newspapers and periodicals. The collecting of the enchanting poem is both a pleasurable pastime and serious endeavor for many. Majors collections are held by numerous museums but the most extensive remains in private hands - interestingly secured away in a hurricane-proof vault in Oklahoma.
Pamela McColl began collecting the poem in earnest in 2012 when she published the first smoke-free edition of the poem. Her most precious editon however is the one given to her by her father in 1962 when she was four years old. It is her all-time favorite and is not available for re-sale for sentimental reasons. It is the editon illustrated by Florence Sarah Winship.
" I enjoy discovering the poem in older magazines and newspapers because of the auxilary finds these periodicals can offer. The vintage advertising and illustration in these publications are fascinating to someone such as myself with a real interest in Christmas' of the past. In working on my book I made some remarkable discoveries in these older edtions and it was a pleasure to include them for my readers. "
If you have an edition that you wish to donate to a museum that is actively building a collection at the present time please contact me. Due to the massive interest in collecting I am unable to answer all request for valuations of individual editions. If you have an edition pre-1900 please contact me if your desire is to discuss valuation. Thank you.
Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America
Timothy Hughes Rare Newspapers
Ebay - be careful of fascmile copies of older edtions and valuations may differ widely.
Email Pamela McColl if you have questions about your pre1900 editons or very special editons or items pertaining to Twas The Night Before Christmas/A Visit From St. Nicholas.
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