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The Book and A Christmas Letter. Felix Octavius Carr ("F. O. C.") Darley (1822-1888) was an American illustrator, known for his illustrations in works by well-known 19th-century authors, including James Fennimore Cooper, Charles Dickens, Mary Mapes Dodge, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Clement Clarke Moore, Francis Parkman, Harriet Beecher Stowe.Autograph Letter Signed "F.O.C. Darley" 3pp., New York, Dec. 23,/56. Darley regrets he cannot attend Christmas "having made a previous engagement with a friend for that day." He continues describing the food that he will miss, turkey, dressing pudding and "The oysters I trust, though slippery fellows, will be well received by you all ...." Darley sketches a man and woman, each with fork and knife in hand, chasing a distressed oyster.Book, "A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS, Illustrated from drawings by F.O.C. Darley", New York, James Gregory, Publishers, written by Clement C. Moore., 1862, 8pp each with color illustration, plus color covers. (The 1st Thomas Nast published Santa Clause was January 3, 1863, Harpers.) $800-$1,200
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Darley's Illustrations Became the Standard American Images of Santa Claus. The Book and A Christmas Letter.

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Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $625.00
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Auction closed on Sunday, August 27, 2023.
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