A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You. Henry; pseud. “Felix Summerly” Cole.

One of 5 Proofs of the First Xmas Card, Inscribed to Lady Dorothy Nevill

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.

London: [Joseph Cundall for] Summerly's Home Treasury Office, [December 1843].

Printer's proof of the first Christmas card, printed in red ink. 4 5/8 x 6 3/8 in.; 119 x 162 mm. One of 5 Proofs of the First Xmas Card, Inscribed to Lady Dorothy Nevill. Scattered spotting and staining, some losses to corners (chiefly on verso) from glue mounts. Grolier/Elliott 43–44; Elliott, Inventing Christmas, p. 86 (illustration of proof); Kenneth Rowe, The Ephemerist (December 1997), p. 713, listing only 4 proofs (2 in private hands), not including this proof inscribed to the Nevills. Item #100535

Inscribed “To Mr. & Lady Nevill from Henry Cole, 1865”. [Together with:] Chromolithographed facsimile of the first Christmas card (3-1/4 x 5-1/8 in.; 83 x 131 mm), inscribed to Lady Dorothy Nevill and daughter by Sir H. Cole & Lady Cole; light traces of glue mounts on verso. Linen album housed within a linen slipcase. One of five proofs of the first Christmas card (and one of three remaining in private hands) along with the 1881 facsimile of the first card, both inscribed to Lady Dorothy Nevill and her family. Lady Dorothy, the youngest daughter of Horace Walpole, 3rd Earl of Orford, was an accomplished author, painter, illustrator, gardener, and collector of memorabilia (such as the proof and the card) and snuffboxes, corest buttons, lockets, etc.

Price: $12,500.00 Free International Delivery