VAN SANDWYK, Charles (author and illustrator). An Unexpected Gift. [Vancouver; Charles van Sandwyk Fine Arts.] 2013.
8vo. Original cherry red wrap-around card covers exquisitely embellished in green and red foil with border and lettering panel in burnished gilt and an onlaid pictorial card label to upper cover depicting a reindeer and a penguin; pp. , including matt gilt endpapers with a repeating design of holly sprigs in colours; with text pages printed in green on taupe, and decorations in red, and 7 fine full colour plates (including 1 double-page spread), some printed on untrimmed handmade paper, together with other plates and vignettes in sepia and red; as new.
First edition. A gentle, and traditional, tale of Bartholomew the Green, cousin of Father Christmas, who leaves Antarctica on a mission to restore an old-fashioned Christmas to a wayward and needy world. This copy signed in ink by the artist below the illustration of the polar bear and the penguin.