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John Warner Barber. Views from Connecticut Historical Collections. New Haven: Durrie & Peck, [1836]. Each ca. 3 1/4 x 6 1/2. Aquatints with etching. Very good condition.

Early in the nineteenth century, John Warner Barber (1798-1885), an amateur historian, traveled about Connecticut collecting information on the history and character of all the small towns and regions of the state. At the same time he made sketches as he traveled, of the town centers, harbors, and many local buildings. He took the information and in 1836 produced an important local work entitled Connecticut Historical Collections, which included many illustrations based on his sketches. Most were done in woodcut, but a number were produced by the more elaborate process of aquatint and etching. These prints provide decorative and historically fascinating pictures of Connecticut in the 1830s.

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Pair of prints by George H. Durrie. [East Rock/West Rock, New Haven, CT.] New York: G.H. Durrie, 1853. Three tone lithographs by Sarony & Co. 13 7/8 x 20 5/8. Imprint fully present, but titles trimmed off at bottom. Else, very good condition. Rare.

A pair of lovely views of East Rock and West Rock in New Haven. The scenes were drawn by the great New England painter, George H. Durrie, best known for his work with Currier & Ives. The landscapes show impressive, accurate detail, but still exhibit the charm for which Durrie is famous, each containing vignettes of daily life in New England. $2,600

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