I found this wonderful Raphael Tuck “Father Christmas” book when I was out antiquing today! It contains beautiful lithographs and is full of holiday spirit. It has been dearly loved by its previous owner and was probably read many times during the holiday season every year.
Raphael Tuck is one of my favorite Victorian children’s book publishers. The warm illustrations and rich quality of the lithography are unmatched. The UNT Library posted the following information about Tuck on their site:
Raphael Tuck was the first of the Germans to begin to make a name for himself in novelty books. He moved from Germany to England as a young man, working initially as a furniture maker. In 1866, he opened a small shop selling and framing pictures and chromolithographs, which were printed mostly in Germany. He also sold materials from a wheelbarrow in the streets of London.
In 1870, his sons joined him to open a publishing business in London. Their productions included special paper items such as cards, puzzles, and paper dolls. Before Raphael Tuck’s retirement in 1882, he became a British citizen and the official Publisher to Queen Victoria.
The Tuck firm helped to perpetuate Raphael Tuck’s amiable disposition by the publication of children’s books under the title Father Tuck.
I think Frances Brundage may have done the illustrations for this book. In any case, it is ADORABLE! It will be listed for sale on EBay tomorrow. Click the link at the top of the page to my auctions to check out the auction!