New Mirror, 1843, Hardcover, Book Condition: Good, Dust Jacket Condition: No, First
[Periodicals.] The New Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, 78 issues, New York, 1943-44. Quarto, each issue running 16 pages, with illustrated plates, marbled boards half-bound in brown calf with gilt lettering to spine. Includes an engraving credited to Sherman & Smith titled "Santa Claus, The Night Before New Year," showing a non-fat, jovial St. Nick smoking a pipe and stuffing a stocking. This is the New York Dutch version of Santa, and it was reported to be the first-ever image of Santa, but I have seen an 1841 Santa printed by a predecessor to this magazine called The New York Mirror. The present illustration ran in the New Year's Eve 1843 issue, although American Collector calls it an 1844 print (see American Collector, Vol. VIII, No. 11). Also included is W.J. Bennett's "Hay-sloops of the North River," which the British actress and writer Fanny Kemble reportedly called "the most picturesque things she had seen in this country" (see Weitenkampf, American Graphic Art, p. 103). The last page of the last issue here tells us that the magazine is shutting down, blaming the high cost of postage. But the publication morphed into a daily newspaper called The Evening Mirror, with an affiliated weekly. Condition of this set: Front cover of Vol. 3 is loose, also some loss to the spine; tear in spine of V.2. Overall clean inside, tight, with occasional age-toning. Size: Quarto. 3-volume set (complete). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Art & Design; 19th century; Antiquarian & Rare. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 54750.