Classic books for a Welsh Christmas

A second-hand book by Dylan Thomas is on sale for £1,331 and a Richard Burton book signed by the actor is going for £239.67. They are among Christmas offerings from AbeBooks, the world’s largest online marketplace for books.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas is a 1969 reprint of the 1954 classic in one of just 100 specially bound copies of the deluxe edition signed by illustrator Fritz Eichenberg. A separate portfolio consists of five wood engravings also signed by the illustrator.

A Christmas Story by Richard Burton (1964) is Burton ‘s own account of a memorable Christmas Eve in a Welsh mining village as a child. The book is signed by the actor.

The Christmas Morn Carol Service of Celtic Countries by Stanley Davies (£24 to £30) a study published in 1950 of the Welsh Plygain (dawn service), Manx Oie’l Verrey (eve of the Feast of Mary or Christmas Eve), and Cornish Carol Services, also includes a bibliography of carol services and a tentative bibliography of Welsh carols.

Holidays In Wales by William H. Crawford Jr. (£2 to £10) is a small chapbook or pamphlet published in 1950 about the history of Christmas traditions in Wales from the druids to Queen Eleanor, mother to the first English Prince of Wales in 1301.

For those of modest means, try Christmas in Wales: A Homecoming, by Jane and Michael Maas at 53 pence to £29. The author travels back to Wales to discover distant relations. This 1994 story reveals Jane’s devotion to everything Welsh.

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