[JHRB News] The Book Elves' New December Catalog

Joslin Hall Rare Books office at joslinhall.com
Tue Dec 13 11:20:22 EST 2016

The Book Elves love old-time Christmas tv specials, and their favorite 
is the 1964 Rankin-Bass classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Being 
the Book Elves, they have their own, um, “unique” spin on this 
seemingly-innocent children’s tale, which they have discovered is 
actually a clever commentary on the struggle between Capitalism and 
Communism. Rudolph is the proletariat, the abused working class hero 
(complete with a “red” nose, get it?) who is tormented by Joseph 
McCarthy (Coach Comet) and abandoned by Capitalism (Santa). He is 
rescued by Lenin (Herbie the Elf) and eventually winds up on the 
Hollywood Blacklist (the Island of Misfit Toys), from which he is only 
redeemed when the Capitalists (Santa & Co., Inc.) suddenly discover 
that’s he’s commercially useful. Yes indeed, watching Christmas specials 
with the Book Elves is a barrel of fun.

But before they started to probe for clues to Class Intersectionality in 
Frosty the Snowman, the Book Elves finished our latest catalog-

Selections from Stock for December, 2016

which may be viewed or downloaded as a .pdf file here ->


Fine books of the 16th-20th centuries
on the decorative and fine arts & design

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