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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.

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Santa Claus' large collection of Antique, Illustrated versions of Twas The Night before Christmas. In chronological order.

A Visit from St. Nicholas, The New York Book of Poetry
1837
A Visit from St. Nicholas, The New York Book of Poetry (15)
A Visit from St. Nicholas, The Poets Of America
1840
A Visit from St. Nicholas, The Poets Of America (20)
Saint Nicholas, Spalding and Shepard reprint
1849
Saint Nicholas, Spalding & Shepard reprint, ca 1900 (32)

Moore's St. Nicholas, Mary Ogden, Clement Moore's Daughter
1855
Moore's St. Nicholas, Mary Ogden, Clement Moore's Daughter
(41-1920? facsimile)

A Visit from Saint Nicholas, Harper's New Monthly Magazine
1857
A Visit from Saint Nicholas, Harper's New Monthly Magazine (44)
The Night Before Christmas, Cosmopolitan Art Journal
1858-1859
The Night Before Christmas, Cosmopolitan Art Journal (???)
late 1800s or early 1900s copy of Holographic Copy by Moore
March 13, 1862
late 1800s or early 1900s copy of Holographic Copy by Clement Moore (53 reprint)
A Visit from St. Nicholas,  F.O.C. Darley
1862
A Visit from St. Nicholas, F.O.C. Darley (54)
A Visit from St. Nicholas,  L. Prang and Co
1864
A Visit from St. Nicholas, L. Prang & Co (59)
Christmas Poems and Pictures - A Visit from St. Nicholas, Hurd and Houghton
1866
Christmas Poems and Pictures - A Visit from St. Nicholas, Hurd & Houghton (55s)
 The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas,  McLoughlin Bros, Linen
1869
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas, McLoughlin Bros, Linen (66)
Twas The Night Before Christmas,  Harper's
1876
'Twas The Night Before Christmas, Harper's
The Night Before Christmas,  Porter & Coates
1883
The Night Before Christmas, Porter & Coates (97)
The Night Before Christmas,  Porter & Coates
1883
The Night Before Christmas, Alternate cover Porter & Coates (97)
The Night Before Christmas,  Porter & Coates
1883
The Night Before Christmas, Alternate cover Porter & Coates (151s???)
A Visit from Santa Claus,  Virginia Gerson
1886
A Visit from Santa Claus, Virginia Gerson, White Stokes & Allen (102)
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas,  McLoughlin Bros
1895
St. Nicholas, McLoughlin Bros
(???-shape book)
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas,  McLoughlin Bros
1896
The Night Before Christmas, or a Visit of St. Nicholas, McLoughlin Bros
(116)
 The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas,  McLoughlin Bros, Linen
1896
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas, McLoughlin Bros, Linen (116)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1896
The Night Before Christmas, McLoughlin Bros, Frank Lefevre (like 116, but not linen and has address, plus back cover)
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas,  McLoughlin Bros
1896-ca
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas, Linen, McLoughlin Bros (118 much earlier ???)
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas,  McLoughlin Bros
1896-ca
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas, Linen, McLoughlin Bros (118 earlier ???)
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas,  McLoughlin Bros
1896-ca
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas, Linen, McLoughlin Bros (118)
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas,  McLoughlin Bros
1896-ca
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas, McLoughlin Bros (120)
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas,  McLoughlin Bros
1896-ca
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas, McLoughlin Bros (120-similar)
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas,  McLoughlin Bros
1896-ca
The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit of St. Nicholas, McLoughlin Bros (120-similar)
The Night Before Christmas,  Raphael Tuck and Sons, Linen
1898
The Night Before Christmas, Raphael Tuck and Sons, Linen (128)
A Visit from Santa Claus, McLoughlin Bros
1898
A Visit from Santa Claus, McLoughlin Bros (similar to 133/140, but not)
A Visit from Santa Claus,  McLoughlin Bros
1899
A Visit from Santa Claus, McLoughlin Bros
(similar to 133/140,but not)
The Night Before Christmas, McLoughlin Bros
1900 ca
The Night Before Christmas, McLoughlin Bros (137)
A Visit from St. Nicholas, McLoughlin Bros
1901
A Visit from St. Nicholas, McLoughlin Bros (similar to 140)
A Visit from Santa Claus, McLouhglin Bros
1901
A Visit from Santa Claus, McLouhglin Bros (140)
Twas the Night Before Christmas, Raphael Tuck
1901
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Raphael Tuck & Sons (142)
Denslow's Night Before Christmas
1902
Denslow's Night Before Christmas, Donohue & Co. Publishers, 1st edition (143)
Denslow's Night Before Christmas
1902
Denslow's Night Before Christmas, Donohue & Co. Publishers (144)
 the Night Before Christmas
1903
The Night Before Christmas, A.E. Wilcox, Homewood Publishing (???)
The Night Before Christmas
1904
The Night Before Christmas, W.B. Conkey Co (like 149)
The Night Before Christmas,  Porter & Coates
1904 reprint of 1883?
The Night Before Christmas, Alternate cover Porter & Coates (151?)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1904
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Donohue (???)
The Christmas Book
1905
The Christmas Book, McLoughlin Bros - Wonderful Illustrations (not 158, like it - cover different-re-upload)
Denslow's Twas the Night Before Christmas
1905
The Christmas Book, McLoughlin Bros - Wonderful Illustrations (158) (red binding too)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1905
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Reilly, Britton with intro by L. Frank Baum (153)

Twas the Night Before Christmas
1905
Twas The Night Before Christmas, 1905 ca E. P. Dutton, Ernest Nister, Lizzie Lawson (??? 178s
)

Twas the Night Before Christmas
1905
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Charles Graham, New York (???)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1905
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Wilcox - Homewood (???)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1905
Twas The Night Before Christmas, 1905 A.L. Burt and Co, J. Watson Davis (154)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1907
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Curtis Wager Smith - Howard E. Altemus Publisher
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1908
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Anderson, Boylan - Hurst
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1910 ca
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Joseph Cummins Chase - Hodder & Stoughton

Twas the Night Before Christmas
1910 - ca

Twas The Night Before Christmas, Cupples & Leon (187)

Twas the Night Before Christmas
1910 - ca

Santa Claus, Dean's Rag Book Company, Rountree (184)

Twas the Night Before Christmas
1910 - ca

1910 ca M.A.Donohue, Mary Weston. Young Folks Edition (190)

Twas the Night Before Christmas
1910 - ca

1910 ca M.A.Donohue, Tom Thumb Edition (???)

Twas the Night Before Christmas
1911
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Samuel Gabriel & Sons
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1911 ca
Stories Fun and Bright, including The Night Before Christmas, Winston (similar to 195)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1912
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Jessie Willcox Smith - Houghton, Mifflin (201)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1913
The Night Before Christmas, Saalfield's, Linen (like 259/260, but much earlier)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1914
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Lillian Thompson - Houghton, Mifflin
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1915
The Night Before Christmas, Sam'l Gabriel Sons & Co, Chimney Corner Series (210)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1915
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Alice Hirschberg - Hayes Lithographing
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1915
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Samuel Gabriel & Sons
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1915 ca
Twas The Night Before Christmas, M.A.Donohue, Constance White aka Charles J. Howard
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1916
Twas The Night Before Christmas, M.A. Donohue
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1917
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Margaret Evans Price - Stecher Litho Co
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1918
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Henry Altemus Co
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1919 ca
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Saalfield, Frances Brundage (???)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1920
Twas The Night Before Christmas, William Edwin Rudge and Bruce Rogers, private printing (232)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1920 ca
The Night Before Christmas, M.A. Donohue (244)
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1921
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Florence Wyman Ivins, and Bruce Rogers of The Atlantic Monthly Press
Twas the Night Before Christmas
1922
Twas The Night Before Christmas, Whitman Publishing, 8 Stories
Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas The Night Before Christmas,
Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas The Night Before Christmas,

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 1950 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 - Rare Books 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! However, the covers are available here so you know what to look for!

Twas the Night Before Christmas
1925
Twas The Night Before Christmas, McLoughlin Bros, Frank Lefevre (not renewed? 2 covers

)

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?)


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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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