1901 Cover Harvard Lampoon University Little Silhouette Jester Lampy Horse HVD1


Please note that this is a cover only.

This is an original 1901 two-color cover for the Harvard Lampoon. It features the Lampy the Jester sitting on a winged horse, holding up a shield inscribed with the motto Vanitas (Latin, meaning "empty"), a parody of Harvard's motto, Veritas, or "Truth". The cartoon is of two silhouetted men, one of which is an actor and the second which delights in antagonizing the first. The student artist, Little, included his year of expected graduation (1904) with his signature.


This 110+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is a faint ink smudge above the silhouetted man on the left which may be difficult to see in the digital image.

  • Product Type: Original Cover; Two Color
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 7.75 x 10.25 inches; 20 x 26 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)

Keywords specific to this image: dragon, crest, Uncle Tom's Cabin