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SantaClaus.com has a collection of antique, illustrated versions of Clement Clarke Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas," more popularly known as "The Night Before Christmas" or "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". The following pages contain high resolution scans of a selection of illustrated versions of Twas The Night Before Christmas. Santa Claus loves the accurate description in the poem, plus the time and effort the illustrators took to chronicle our yearly flight on The Night Before Christmas. We hope you enjoy these antique versions as much as we do, since almost all are out of print, Santa wanted to make them available to you! Santa's thanks go out to the author of the poem and the illustrators of all these versions! Alibris may have copies of some of these books if you are interested in them.

Santa Claus has a list of the "Top Currently Available Twas The Night Before Christmas" books. These books are some of the best 'Twas the Night Before Christmas editions that are currently available. If you think we're missing one, let us know in the SantaClaus.com Christmas Forums.



Based on the review of U.S. copyrights for the following books it appears that, like the books published before 1922, they are out of copyright. Books between 1922 and 1963 that were not renewed are out of copyright (see http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/renewals.html), no records for these books appeared during our searches. Every effort at accuracy has been attempted, searching all available databases, if you believe there is an error, please let us know! Copies may be available at Abebooks.com and Alibris if you are interested. Many of these have wonderful illustrations, so it is too bad they are out of print, because the illustrators did such wonderful jobs!

Twas the Night Before Christmas
1925
Twas The Night Before Christmas, McLoughlin Bros, Frank Lefevre (not renewed?)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1928
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Elizabeth MacKinstry, E.P.Dutton (not renewed?)
Twas the Night Before Christmas1935
The Night Before Christmas, Arthur Rackman, J.B.Lippincott (not renewed?)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1935
The Night Before Christmas, Isle Bischoff - Holiday House (not renewed?)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1940
The Night Before Christmas, Priscilla Pointer (not renewed?) (???)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1940
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Eleanora Madsen, Whitman Publishing (not renewed?) (355)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1940
The Night Before Christmas, Nell Stolp Smock (not renewed?) (similar to 360)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1941
Animated The Night Before Christmas, Tony Sarg, B.F. Jay (not renewed?)

Twas the Night Before Christmas
1942

The Night Before Christmas, Everett Shinn, John Winston Co. (not renewed?)

Twas the Night Before Christmas 1947
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Milo Winter (not renewed?)
Twas the Night Before Christmas 1947
The Night Before Christmas, Samuel Gabriel (not renewed?)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1949
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Julian Wehr, Duenewald Printing Co (not renewed?)

The status of the copyrights for the following books could not be determined or are definitely still protected under copyright law, so we only provide bibliographical information. Abebooks.com and Alibris may have copies if you are interested. Some of the illustrations in the books below are great, so it is too bad they are out of print!

Likewise, Santa Claus has a list of the "Top Currently Available Twas The Night Before Christmas" books with books that are some of the best 'Twas the Night Before Christmas editions that are currently available.

The Night Before Christmas
1937
The Night Before Christmas, Ruth Newton (copyright renewed)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1937
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Reginald Birch, Harcourt, Brace and Co (copyright renewed)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1944
The Night Before Christmas, Meg Wohlberg (renewed) (381), Animated, this is a great version
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1952
The Night Before Christmas, Bill and Bernard Martin (474) (renewed) includes toy to assemble
The Night Before Christmas
1955
The Night Before Christmas, Elizabeth Webbe (500s) (renewed)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1961
The Night Before Christmas, Gyo Fujikawa - Santa really likes the illustrations in here, follow the links below to find a copy! (537) (renewed)

 1939 McLoughlin?

Christian Riley's SantaClaus.com Collection
Abebooks Alibris

Numbers in the parentheses [()] represent Nancy Marshall's numbers a wonderful reference, which is available below. Some editions do not appear in her book and they are marked with "(???)".
The Night Before Christmas: A Descriptive Bibliography of Clement Clarke Moore's Immortal Poem

For more information about Moore and the authorship of A Visit from St. Nicholas, please see the wikipedia entry. Also, There Arose Such a Clatter is a nice site for more history!


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