New York: Wm. E. Chapin, Printer, 1859-1860. First Editions. Hardcover. 416pp. Contains the first 26 issues of this publication bound into one quarto volume. Pictorial cover on each issue, illustrations throughout, some full-page. Bound in blue wove cloth, leather spine label, gilt. 11.75" x 8.75" Fine. Item #039601
"Vanity Fair will be a humorous and satirical paper. A pleasant tonic to be taken once a-week by the public. A corrective for what seems to us to be at present a rather dyspeptic state of society..." [Preface to the first issue]. Cartoons by Henry Louis Stephens. Includes contributions by Thomas Bailey Aldrich, William Dean Howells, Fitz-James O'Brien, Charles Farrar Browne, and others, with references to Abraham Lincoln and slavery. This humorous periodical was published from December, 1859 to July 4, 1863. [See Mott, A History of American Magazines.].