[Stillwater, ME: 2015]. Artist's Book, one in a series of 10 "named" copies, on handmade "North Pole white" paper by Katie MacGregor, hand painted and lettered by Nancy Ruth Leavitt and signed by her on the colophon. Page size: 6 x 9 inches; 27pp; 22 of which are painted or painted and lettered, with hand-painted endpapers as well. Bound by Joelle Leavitt Webber of Mermaid Bindery: sewn red cloth over boards with hand-painting and paper collage of Santa's mid-section with his black belt with gold buckle over white "fur" trim and large expanse of red; housed in custom-made dark green cloth clamshell box lined with red and white polka dot fabric, paper label on spine of box hand lettered by the artist, Nancy Leavitt. The original art includes 5 double-page and 7 single-page illustrations accomplished in watercolor, gouache, and sumi ink. The copies are named after Santa's reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blixen, Rudolph which is the artist's own copy, and an AP.
Ms. Leavitt has created a magical book, taking the beauty and stillness of winter as a window to enter the wonder of Christmas and Moore's classic poem. Lettered in green and red, painted in primary colors with iridescent highlights in silver and gold, the reader / viewer enters into this magical myth with its attendant warmth and beauties of the season. Item #10949