Chicago, IL: Le Petit Oiseau Press, 1963. 31 pp. Approximately 17/16 x 1 7/8". LIMITED EDITION of 150 copies. Green printed paper boards, 3/4 bound with green cloth, printed title label on spine, tipped-in color frontispiece, black and white illustrations throughout, in near fine condition. (Bradbury, Petit Oiseau Press, 15).
Doris Welsh was probably the greatest authority about miniature books in the second half of the 20th century. She collected, wrote about, and published miniature books entirely by herself. Born in 1907 in Pittsburgh, and after receiving her A.B, B.L.S. and M.S. degrees from different colleges, she eventually joined the Newberry Library in 1947 as cataloguer. She remained at the Library until 1970 when she retired. She started publishing her own books in 1952. (MBS newsletter, 11/2013). This book was hand set, printed & bound by Doris Welsh. The lovely miniature is full of diverse Christmas stories, including the story of Christmas from St. Luke, Keeping Christmas by Henry van Dyke, The Christmas Tree, and a color tipped-in drawing by Drurer with explanation of the "praying hands".