The sketch book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
Overall: 9 7/16 in. (24 cm)
New York, New York: Printed by C.S. Van Winkle, 101 Greenwich St., 1819
Washington Irving, a young unknown writer, was present at the 1810 meeting of the New-York Historical Society, and two years later dedicated his satirical Knickerbocker's History to his hosts. In it, he referred to "the good St. Nicholas" who came riding in a wagon over the treetops to distribute gifts to children, identifying the figure with the traditions of Dutch New York. His immensely popular Sketchbook essays published in parts between 1819 and 1820, included chapters with vivid descriptions of the great Christmas celebrations at an English manor house, Bracebridge Hall. Holiday observances in America began to incorporate many of the British traditions described by W. Irving, including domestic feasting and holiday decorations.
New-York Historical Society Library
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