London: Oliver Simon & The Office of the Fleuron, 1922 & 1925.
(1) Christmas 1922. Poem by John Drinkwater, “Christmas Eve”. Number 166 of 210 copies specially printed and signed copies, of which 200 are for sale and 10 for presentation. Designed by Albert Rutherston and signed by John Drinkwater and Albert Rutherston. 8.5 X 6.25 ins. Single sheet folded twice to royal 8vo. Three pen drawings with added colour by Albert Rutherston: front cover, full page facing poem and back cover. Near fine condition. (2) Christmas Greetings. “Dialogue At Christmas” by John Drinkwater. Number 101 of 210 copies signed by Drinkwater and Rutherston. Designed by Albert Rutherston. 8 X 6 ins. Single sheet folded twice. Three pen drawings with added colour by Albert Rutherston: front cover, full page facing “Dialogue” and back cover. Near fine. In his day Rutherston’s Christmas cards became sought after by discerning collectors. Drinkwater and Rutherston also co-authored a monograph in tribute to their good friend, Claud Lovat Fraser, whose book illustration and stage design cannot be over estimated in this period. Both Christmas cards held in a red buckram chemise which fits into a slipcase quarter bound in red morocco with red buckram sides. Five raised bands with gilt spine titling.