A Victorian Christmas, a new coffee table gift book from museum archivist Lucinda Cockrell, combines images of Christmas cards from the early 20th century with the mandolin music of Butch Baldassari.
The book is a 64 page, hardbound and foil-embossed edition that also includes an audio CD with the music from Butch’s Evergreen album. Cockrell has assembled dozens of high quality color images and intersperses them with poems, prose, and Christmas and post card inscriptions from the Victorian era.
The CD contains stately, instrumental string versions of 16 Christmas favorites – Silent Night, Do You Hear What I Hear, O Holy Night, We Wish You A Merry Christmas among them – performed on mandolins, fiddle and guitars.
It is available for only $15 from most online and brick-and-mortar book sellers, or directly from Butch’s web site.