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First appearance of the Democratic Donkey... Nice Judaica print...



Item # 653134

January 15, 1870

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, Jan. 15, 1870  Certainly the most historic or noteworthy print in this issue is the somewhat nondescript political cartoon by famed artist Thomas Nast on the back page titled: "A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion". Its significance is that this is the very first appearance of the Democratic Donkey, which has remained the image of the Democratic party to this day. Thomas Nast is credited with creating both the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant, as well as the modern version of Santa Claus.
Also of interest is a full page print captioned: "High Priest at Nablus Reading the Pentateuch" which shows a rabbi with a related  article on the facing page.
Sixteen pages, never bound nor trimmed with wider margins than normal, various foxing & damp staining deter a bit (see photos), otherwise good.

Category: 1870-1879