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Monday, December 24, 2012

A Visit from St. Nicholas, 1864

From 1864, we have A Visit from St. Nicholas — a fold-out strip version of “The Night Before Christmas”. It was published by Louis Prang & Company (best known for publishing postcards, Christmas cards, and Valentines), and is part of a boxed set of half a dozen fold-out lithographic booklets (only two of which — A Visit from St. Nicholas included — are of interest to comics collectors). There are some who claim the art to be by Thomas Nast, but the art style does not match Nast’s, and Nast was a big enough salepoint, that his name would have been mentioned somewhere in the booklet, had he been involved.

Click on the above & below pictures, to view the cartoons in detail, and read their captions.

A Merry Christmas to all!

Doug Wheeler

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3 Responses to “A Visit from St. Nicholas, 1864”

  1. Ian Says:

    A Visit from St. Nicholas, 1864
    http://superitch.com/?p=36004
    Forgive this question: Do you own this, or can you put me in touch with the owner? I would like to make an offer for it. I would make an extremely generous offer, in cash or in kind, for this item.

  2. Doug Says:

    I do own this. However, it’s not for sale. (You’d also not like my copy, as several of the panels are no longer connected — I was only able to afford a “complete” copy, by buying different separate parts cheap, until I’d managed to assemble all the parts. Whole, intact copies can be found, if you search.)

  3. James Says:

    I do own this. A Visit From St. Nicholas, Published by L. Prang 1864. Perfect Condition. If interested, please contact me at jamesglilly@gmail.com or phone 571-839-8208.

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