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TheNightBeforeChristmas.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 some favorite antique illustrated versions of Twas The Night Before Christmas. We hope you enjoy these antique versions as much as we do. Alibris and AbeBooks - Rare Books may have copies of some of these books if you are interested in them.

The largest collection of illustrated, antique, versions of Twas The Night Before Christmas on the internet is the SantaClaus.com collection at VisitFromStNicholas.com

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1824/25 6th published version
1824/1825
late 1824 (1825 date) United States Almanac of A Visit from St. Nicholas (6)
1824/25 6th published version
1849
1849 Spalding & Shepard reprint (32)
late 1800s or early 1900s copy of Holographic Copy by Moore
March 13, 1862
late 1800s or early 1900s copy of Holographic Copy by Moore (53 reprint)
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 (???)
 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)
The Night Before Christmas,  Porter & Coates
1883
The Night Before Christmas, Alternate cover Porter & Coates (97)
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
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
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,  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
The Christmas Book, McLoughlin Bro
1905
The Christmas Book, McLoughlin Bros - Wonderful Illustrations



Copies may be available at Biblio, or Alibris if you are interested.

Likewise AbeBooks UK may have some copies. 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!



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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
Visit Nancy Marshall's website at NightBeforeChristmas.biz!

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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