New York and Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1970. Thomas Nast. First Printing. Slipcased. Quarto, metalic portfolio, Foreword by Norman Rockwell, 30 looseleaf reproductions suitable for framing (11" x 14"). Near Fine. Item #293
Thomas Nast (1840- ) was one of the finest illustrators in America during the 19th century. His satires alternated with joyous Christmas illustrations, which are strongly endorsed by Norman Rockwell, whose illustrations had similar enormous appeal. According to Rockwell: "If ever a man was an artist of the people, championing patriotism, political reform, and social justice, Thomas Nast was such a man and such an artist." Rockwell also marvels that a man capable of such biting satire could "at the same time produce the loving and charming pictures reproduced in this portfolio." Nast is principally responsible for modern depictions of a jolly and kindly Santa Claus.
A superb and affordable gift for the holidays. (Nast's original Christmas illustrations that appeared in Harper's Weekly typically cost anywhere from $95 to $150 each!) A few scratches to the shiny aluminized portfolio cover.
All illustrations are present and in Fine or better condition.