1899 Cover Harvard Lampoon University Jester Lampy Horse Dragon Crest Quill HVD1


Please note that this is a cover only.

This is an original 1899 two-color cover for the Harvard Lampoon. It features the Harvard Jester sitting on a winged horse, holding up a shield inscribed with the motto VA-NI-TAS (Latin, meaning "empty"), a parody of Harvard's motto, Veritas, or "Truth". The cartoon is clever cutout of a student questioning whether of not he dined at the Tureen.


This 112+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note the marks in the upper margin of the item, visible in the digital image, as well as the mark on top of the first "r" in "Harvard"

  • Product Type: Original Cover; Two Color
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 7.75 x 10.5 inches; 20 x 27 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

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