New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1956. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's black and gold illustrated paper boards lettered in white, illustrated endpapers.
"There are several attitudes towards Christmas,/Some of which we may disregard:/The social, the torpid, the patently commercial,/The rowdy (the pubs being open till midnight),/And the childish – which is not that of the child/For whom the candle is a star, and the gilded angel/Spreading its wings at the summit of the tree/Is not only a decoration, but an angel." Eliot's Christmas classic, his sixth and final contribution to his UK publisher Faber and Faber's Ariel series of poetry pamphlets, originally designed to be sent to clients in lieu of Christmas cards. Elegantly illustrated and designed by (Jewish) book designer Arno. No dust jacket as issued, but lacking scarce original manila mailing envelope. Moderate rubbing to extremities. Very good. Item #352