Amazon's House of 60 Closets. You can read it online.
Amazon's House of 60 Closets. You can read it online.

We ran across this just in time for holiday gifting: The House with 60 Closets, a reproduction of a childrens' book first issued in 1923.

Amazon scanned and reprinted the book electronically, and it is also available digitally at the Boston Public Library website, where you can read House With Sixty Closets online, or download it for Kindle or Nook there or get a 10 MB PDF.)

The language is stilted and the story line strange to contemporary eyes - but just listen to this excerpt from page 18 about the benevolent family of the protagonist, a Judge who plans to build a new home:

Amazon Issues Closets Classic Christmas Book: House of 60 Closets"Now, the Judge's wife  wife was the best giver in town; and she gave to her friends, and the poor, and everybody that was in need, all sorts of things. But in order to do this she must buy the gifts that she scattered so freely; and when she bought things she wanted a place to keep them until the time came for her to give them away. That is why she spoke to the judge about the closets.

"Well, my dear," said the Judge (he was always kind and polite), "you may have just as many closets as you wish." So she began her plan of the house by drawing the closets."

Amazon, where you can order a hard copy for $20, notes that it is a reproduction, so "this book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide."

Page 85 is a chapter all about the closets coming to life. It's a quirky Christmasy thing for closets. 

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