Das Christkind Kommt. Ein Weihnachtsbuch fur Kinder von 1-80 Jahren. Marga Muller.
Das Christkind Kommt. Ein Weihnachtsbuch fur Kinder von 1-80 Jahren.
Das Christkind Kommt. Ein Weihnachtsbuch fur Kinder von 1-80 Jahren.
Das Christkind Kommt. Ein Weihnachtsbuch fur Kinder von 1-80 Jahren.
Das Christkind Kommt. Ein Weihnachtsbuch fur Kinder von 1-80 Jahren.
(Madelener, Josef)

Das Christkind Kommt. Ein Weihnachtsbuch fur Kinder von 1-80 Jahren.

Madelener, Josef (illus.)

Munich: Josef Muller, (c. 1930). Quarto. 45pp. This book recounts the story of the Christkind (the "Christ child") who, in Germany, takes on a similar role to Santa Claus, giving out Christmas gifts to children without being seen. The Christkind figure originated as part of the Reformation of the 16th century, acting as a Protestant equivalent to the Catholic Saint Nicholas. Over time, however, the lines have blurred and now the distinction is more regional than religious. The Christkind is particularly predominant in Austria, South and West Germany, and the German-speaking Switzerland, among other areas. This book has been illustrated with black-and-white images integrated into the text and with 10 full-color plates. The illustrator, Josef Madelener, is especially known for his 1935 art card series that included the image "The Mountain Spirit," which J.R.R. Tolkien directly cites as the origin of the wizard Gandalf. The images in this volume feature the same Romantic and fantastical lustre, as the Christkind is accompanied by animals and angels through forests and towns. Bound in red paper-covered boards with gold-stamping and a Madelener color illustration on the front. Rubbing and minor staining to extremities, paper cover has two-inch slice at back, else near fine. Item #27681

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