Christmas books for children comprised a very popular publishing niche in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. One of the loveliest I've ever found is this, Christmas Joys for Girls and Boys, printed in Bavaria by Ernest Nister Condon, and released in America by E.P. Dutton and Company, New York, around 1908.
(click on the images to see them in greater detail)
The large format picture book, 12 by 10 inches, was printed on an "Untearable" material which was unfortunately not "Unchewable", as little mousies have nibbled away at its edges (see upper right corner...)
Thankfully the illustrations remain undamaged. The gorgeous, richly colored full page spreads depict classic scenes of Christmas, with a profusion of toys.
A beautiful dapple grey rocking horse and his teddy bear rider can be seen on the left side of this image:
In the next illustration, children conduct their Christmas shopping by sled. Check out their haul of wonderful toys!
On page three, happy children have just unloaded their stockings. The blond girl on the left has received a beautiful doll:
The center of the book features a two page spread of a children's holiday "Fancy Dress Party." I think they're playing the old game of "Blind Man's Bluff". My favorite costumer is the boy in the middle, dressed as a teddy bear:
"Presents for the Poor" highlights a little rich girl's Christmas charity efforts. Note the vintage limousine and chauffeur visible through the open doorway:
Page seven features "The Christmas Basket," a cornucopia of antique toy treasures to make the collector's heart flutter. I spy several dollies, a tin litho automobile and steamship, a train, and a platform horse!
"The Christmas Tree" is loaded with toy presents, and on the floor sits a beautiful bear-on-wheels:
The book ends with an image of Christmas crackers being pulled at a sumptuous holiday dinner: