The Story of THE OTHER WISE MAN By Van Dyke 1898
THE STORY OF THE OTHER WISE MAN. By Henry Van Dyke, Illustrated. Published by Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and London, 1898.
The story is an addition and expansion of the account of the Biblical Magi, recounted in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. During the time of the birth of Jesus, a fourth Wise Man, Artaban, sells all his possessions to buy three precious jewels which he hopes to present to the newborn Christ Child. Although he planned to journey with the other three Magi to Bethlehem, he is delayed and fails to rendezvous with them. Artaban spends his whole life searching for the Christ, and in his search he gives away one, then two, and finally all three of his jewels to help others, but in the end his quest is fulfilled in unexpected ways.
Although written more than a century ago, this is still a topical Christmas story for young and old that captures the true spirit of Christmas.
Brown cover with illustrated hardcover & gilt title with Van Dyke's "Winged Wheel" device in gilt. Few small & mild water stains and a light ripple at the front spine cover. Secure binding with clean pages. 7-1/2 x 5 with 82 numbered pages. Illustrated.