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Thomas Nast's first Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly...
Item # 172638
January 3, 1863
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, January 3, 1863 The full front front page is an illustration of "Santa Claus in Camp", this being the very first representation of Santa Claus by Thomas Nast in this publication. Inside the doublepage centerfold has two large illustrations of "Christmas Eve, 1862.", by Thomas Nast.
A full page illustration has two 1/2 pg. prints of: "The Attack on the Rebel Works at Fredericksburg by the Centre Grand Division of the Army of the Potomac, on December 13, 1862" and "Fredericksburg on the Night of 11th December, 1862." Full pg. of: "Our Soldiers in the Streets of Fredericksburg."; half pg. illustration of "Major-General Franklin's Grand Division Crossing the Rappahannock on December 12, 1862."; quarter pg: "Map of North Carolina, Showing the Fields of Operations of Gen. Foster and the Army of the Blackwater." Full pg: "Court-Martial on Major-General Fitz-John Porter, Held December, 1862, at Washington D.C."; quarter page: "The Pirate Raphael Semmes."; quarter page: "Santa Claus's Ball" plus much more. Other news and advertisements of the day are included.
The back page has 2 political cartoon, the larger of which includes an image of Abraham Lincoln.
Complete in 16 pages. Being the first issue of the volume for the year, it usually has more browning, rubbing, and edge wear including minor margin tears) than a typical Harper's Weekly of the period. If these issues are minor, the issue is still considered 1st-rate. Since the images shown are generic, you are welcome to request specific photos of the issue you will receive if ordered.
Category: The Civil War