VAN SANDWYK, Charles (author and illustrator). An Unexpected Gift [sold together with an original hand-drawn bookmark]. [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 beautiful matt gilt endpapers with a repeating design of holly sprigs in colours; with text pages printed in green on taupe, with decorations in red; with 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; a fine, new, copy.
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 below one illustration by the artist.
Sold with a unique hand-drawn and crafted bookmark by the artist on fine untrimmed cream artist's card, total size circa 7.5 x 18cm, depicting an anthropomorphic crescent moon reading a book above the legend "A book is a portal into the UNIVERSE" in van Sandwyk's fine calligraphy, and a decorative autographed monogram signed.