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March 4, 2021


Sanson Portugal
Alexis Hubert Jaillot after Nicolas Sanson. "Le Royaume de Portugal et des Algarves . . ." From Atlas Nouveau. Amsterdam: Jean Covens & Cornelius Mortier, ca. 1725. 29 1/2 x 21 3/4 (neatlines). Original outline color. Two repaired tears just into neat lines. Two small circular stains in map. Soiling in margins. Else fine condition. $325

A fine map of Portugal based on the work of 'the father of French cartography,' Nicolas Sanson. Modern cartography is usually thought of beginning with a period dominated by the Dutch school, with such notables as Ortelius, Mercator, Blaeu, and Hondius. This age was followed by a period of dominance by the French school of cartography, the beginning date of which is usually given as 1650, when Nicolas Sanson began publishing his important maps. The importance of Sanson is reflected by the fact that it is with his maps that the center of cartographic publishing and influence shifted from the Low Countries to France. Sanson's early maps were redrawn and issued in a larger format by his son-in-law Hubert Jaillot, and such were their influence that Jaillot's atlas of these maps, the Atlas Nouveau, was picked up by the Dutch firm of Covens and Mortier, who reissued it about 1725.


Bowen World
Emanuel Bowen. "A New and Accurate Map of the World." From John Harris' Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca. or, A Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels. London, 1744. 11 1/4 x 21 1/4. Engraving. Narrow margin at left, as issued. Very good condition. $1,250

This chart of the world on an oval projection appeared in John Harris' Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels, which included many accounts of explorations that could be followed by the reader on this detailed map. Bowen was careful to shown only explored parts of the world, so the northwest part of America is blank except for the label "Parts Undiscovered." The western coast of Australia, the southern outline of Tasmania, and the western coast of New Zealand, all discovered at the time, are shown, with a shade line on the eastern part of Australia showing a projected coastline there. Bowen's map is based on the records of the circumnavigations of Magellan, Drake and Anson, whose tracks are shown. A wonderful document of the state of knowledge about the world prior to Cook's voyages.

Gibson N. America
John Gibson. [A New Map of the Whole Continent of America . . .] London: Laurie & Whittle, 1794. 20 3/8 x 46 3/4. Engraving. Original hand color. Top two sheets (joined) of four. Several old vertical folds. Numerous short tears in map from map extremities newly repaired with archival tape along with previous old repairs. Small ink smear in Bay of Panama. Else, fine condition. $825

The top top half of a wonderful, large four sheet map of the American continent from northern Canada down to the southern tip of South America, including the West Indies, and the western tip of Africa and Europe. This map was originally drawn by John Gibson in 1763, and it was a modified version of D'Anville's map of North & South America, and it was later updated using the cartographic information of Governor Thomas Pownall, who was one of America's important early cartographers.

The version updated with Thomas Pownall's information was first issued in 1777 by Sayer & Bennett, using information from Pownall's important maps of the preceding three decades, including his important reissue of Lewis Evans map of the Middle Colonies with his own addendum showing New England. This is a further updated issue by Laurie & Whittle later in the century. The detail depicted is impressive, including rivers, lakes, towns, Indian settlements, mountains, roads, and many other such features. Also included is a table listing the United States and the possessions of the various European powers.

Map of Life of Washington
Anon. "Principal Events in the life of George Washington in this States that lie between the Hudson and Savannah." New York: General Drafting Company, ca. 1932. 26 x 17 1/2. Color lithograph. With folds as issued. Paper loss in lower left hand margin corner, not affecting image. Else, fine condition. $150

A detailed pictorial map associated with the important events and sites in the life of George Washington. This map was produced by the General Drafting Company and distributed by Standard Oil to its customers for the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth.

Campbell: Longford Radnor
Colen Campbell. "Longford Castle, the seat of the Earl of Radnor in Wiltshire." [principal front] Prints from Vitruvius Britannicus: or, the British Architect. London, 1731. 12 3/4 x 21 1/2 (plate mark). Folio. Engraving. Full margins. Printer's wrinkle upper right hand corner of plate mark. Very good condition. $475

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A print from a series of distinguished architectural views and plans of important contemporaneous British buildings, by one of England's famed 18th-century architects. Colen Campbell's purpose, through these large and beautifully executed drawings, was to praise and promote a great school of neo-Palladian design and building by proudly illustrating the work of his notable contemporaries, such as Inigo Jones. As the title of the work suggests, his aim was to link England's glorious present with the concerns of the exalted first century B.C.E. 'classical' architect, Vitruvius.

Campbell's desires are realized exceptionally well in these handsome engravings, illustrating the facades, plans, and gardens of many of the most wonderful great houses and public buildings in Britain. As some of these designs were projected and never built, the prints also exist as our only surviving evidence of this important architectural past.

Piranesi: Villa of Maecenas
Giovanni Battista Piranesi. "Avanzi della Villa di Mecenate a Tivoli." Exterior view of the Villa di Mecenate at Tivoli. [The so-called villa of Mæcenas, Tivoli.] From Vedute di Roma. First Paris Edition, 1800-7. 17 3/4 x 26 1/4. Etching. Hind 65, State I. Signed in plate, lower left in scroll: Piranesi sc. On laid paper, no watermark. Vertical crease at center. Wide margins. $1,400

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78) is renowned for his splendid views of ancient and modern Rome. In a lifetime dedicated to recording these magnificent buildings and mysterious ruins, he created a prodigious oeuvre of dramatic and moving images. The large scale Vedute di Roma is one of the best known and extensive series and the one that established Piranesi's reputation. Where much of his earlier work, namely the Grotteschi and the Carceri, was more fantastic in subject matter, these views were meant to be careful delineations of principal sites. As such, they became very sought after souvenirs for tourists in Rome. As examples of Piranesi's artistic prowess they are powerful renderings of great architectural and sculptural monuments. Piranesi's Roman views are unmistakable and unrivaled architectural prints.

Rossini: Temple of Hercules
Luigi Rossini. "Veduta interna delle Sostruzioni dei Portici del Tempio d'Ercole in Tivoli . . ." From Rossini's Le Antichita Romane ossia delle piu Interessanti Vedute di Roma antica. Rome, 1825. 17 x 21(image) plus margins. Etching. Very good condition. $900

Italian architects and art historians continued to study Roman ruins well into the nineteenth century. This print was made for inclusion in Rossini's Le Antichita Romane ossia delle piu Interessanti Vedute di Roma antica which was a lovely series of engraved views.

Morland: Last Litter
George Morland. "The Last Litter." London: H. Macklin, 1803. 17 7/8 x 23 5/8. Mezzotint by W. Ward. Excellent condition. $950

George Morland (1763-1804) was a well known painter of rustic genre and narrative subjects. His appeal to his English contemporaries resided in the accessible content and the sensitivity to decorative detail in his often very picturesque works. Morland's paintings were a popular source for prints by his fellow artists, such as in this case William Ward. Ward (1766 - 1826) is regarded as one of the greatest mezzotint engravers of the early nineteenth century, and much of this reputation comes from his work after paintings by Morland, his brother-in-law. Ward went on to become the engraver to King William IV and his excellence in mezzotinting is well demonstrated in this lovely genre print after Morland. This is English printmaking at its best and most sophisticated.

Schuyler Colfax
"Hon. Schuyler Colfax, The Nation's Choice for Vice President of the U.S." New York: Currier & Ives, ca. 1869. Small folio. 10 1/4 x 8 5/8. Lithograph. Uncolored. Faint tide marks; one tiny spot. Else, very good condition. $175




March 2, 2021


Besler: Pl. 222
Basil Besler. Pl. 222. [White & rose-colored double flowered hollyhocks] From Hortus Eystettensis. Eicstatt, [1613]. Folio. Ca. 19 x 15 1/2 (plate mark). Engraving with expert hand coloring. Minor spot. Very good condition. $3,800

One of a group of superbly decorative and very early botanical prints. Basil Besler (1561-1629) was a Nuremberg apothecary who had as his patron the Prince Bishop of Eicstatt (near Nuremberg). While in charge of the bishop's elaborate gardens, Besler, with the financial support of his patron, undertook his great project of botanical illustration. Off and on for sixteen years he created drawings which, with the help of six skilled engravers, were turned into two large folio volumes of 374 plates, illustrating more than one thousand flowers. The prints were arranged by seasons, with the plants shown whole and life size. Besler's monumental florilegium invites the use of superlatives when describing it. It was the most comprehensive as well as the largest early work of its kind. It is also one of the most delightfully drawn and visually impressive ever made. Each plate is wonderfully designed with the rhythmic pattern of the roots and stems, as well as the calligraphic invention of the lettering fully developed. These are truly joyous prints from one of the most outstanding works of botanical illustration of all time. $3,800

Giordano: Susanna & the Elders
Luca Giordano. [Susanna and the Elders] From Recueil d'éstampes d'après les plus célèbres tableaux de la Galérie Royale de Dresde, volume II. Paris: c. 1757. 17 1/4 x 14 5/8. Charles François Hutin intermediary draftsman; engraving and etching by Jacques François Beauvarlet. Clean with wide margins; Very good condition. Ferrari & Scavizzi. Luca Giordano, l'Opera Completa, 1992, No. A281.

A beautiful rendering of the grand painting by Giordano from the Royal Gallery in Dresden, depicting the Old Testament story from the Book of Daniel, Susanna and the Elders. Susanna was spied upon while bathing, and then accused of adultery with a young man when she refused to have sex with them. $750

Bowen: Atlantic
Emanuel Bowen. "A New and Accurate Chart of the vast Atlantic or Western Ocean, including the Sea Coast of Europe and Africa on the East and the opposite Coast of the Continent of America and the West Indies Islands on the West extending from the Equator to 59 Degrees North Latitude." Line engraving. London: Mount & Page, 1778. 23 1/4 x 30 1/2 (neatlines) plus complete margins. National Maritime Museum Catalogue of the Library, p. 490. Excellent.

For over a hundred years the atlas known as The English Pilot continued to be published amid complaints from seamen that it was out of date. Changes were slow to appear even as Mount & Page took over from John Seller who had started it in 1671. Despite complaints, the charts continued to sell because they were inexpensive, and captains of small packets or other trading vessels could not afford better. This chart of the entire Atlantic Ocean exhibits the primitive look of the old English Pilot format, but it contains the improvements introduced by Edmund Halley earlier in the eighteenth century. Emanuel Bowen prepared this chart for Mount & Page, and it is first found in an atlas of 1778, probably to meet the demands of cross ocean travel during the American Revolution. Known as The Fourth Book, the American edition went through fourteen editions between 1689 and 1789, so this is one of the later maps. Comparing it to works by William Faden, Sayer & Bennett, or J.F.W. DesBarres would illustrate why not many were produced, fewer were sold, and many would have been lost with the poorer ships that carried them. Still, this is a dramatic sea chart with its strong rhumb lines and profuse coastal information. This is the tool that would have guided ships with slaves from Africa, food stuffs from the Mediterranean, and hardware from western Europe. A scarce and wonderful index map to a major atlas. $1,500



Hawaii in 18th c
"Chart of the Sandwich Isles." [with inset map of "Sketch of Karakakooa Bay."] Dublin: The United Company of Booksellers, 1784. 10 3/4 x 17 3/4 (neat lines). Engraved by J. Butler. Laid paper. With center fold and guard end on verso and two vertical folds right and left hand side of map as originally issued. Faint center fold stain from binder's glue. Some scattered foxing. Else, very good condition.

One of the earliest prints maps of Hawaii from Captain James Cook's voyages to the Hawaiian islands in 1778. The inset map is of Karakakooa Bay, present Kealakekua Bay day where Cook died in 1779. The islands are named: Owyhee, Mowee, Morotoi, Ranai, Woahoo, Atooi and Oneeheow. The map was engraved by J. Butler for an Irish edition of Cook's third voyage to the Pacific. $650

Jefferys New England
Braddock Mead. [A Map of the most Inhabited part of New England,...]. [top two sheets only]. London: Thomas Jefferys, 1774. Engraving. Original hand and out line color. 20 1/2 x 38 1/4 (neat lines). Two of a total of four sheets joined. Right hand side of map faintly time toned. Else, very good condition. With inset at top left; "A Plan of the Town of Boston." Degrees of Latitude: 35; Stevens & Tree: 33(e).

The top half of a fascinating larger scale map of New England, whose copious and precise detail make it one of the finest map of the region ever issued. The map was drawn by Braddock Mead (aka John Green), an assistant to Thomas Jefferys, who through Jefferys had access to the latest general and specific maps available in London. Starting with the initial source of a 1753 map by William Douglas, and using quite a number of other sources as well, Braddock Mead produced a map that combined a wide scope with excellent topographical and political information. Such was its superiority and accuracy that it can be considered as the "Revolutionary War Map" of New England, used by both the British and the Americans during those hostilities, and it remained the prototype map of New England until the early nineteenth century.

Rivers, lakes, towns, townships, and roads are shown from the Gloucester, Massachusetts to present Kennebeck Bay, Maine. Of particular note is the indication of the dispute over the area that now constitutes Vermont, which was claimed by both New York and New Hampshire, a dispute that wasn't fully resolved until years later. $850





February 23, 2021


Friends MeetingSpacer Walnut St Theatre
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From The Casket. Philadelphia: 1826-1839. Approximately 3 1/4 x 4 3/4. Wood engraving. Minor staining. Else, good condition.

In 1826, Samuel C. Atkinson and Charles Alexander founded The Casket: Flowers of Literature, Wit and Sentiment. Though it had a fairly short run, the Casket was said to be the most widely circulated monthly in the United States. It included articles, stories, poetry, puzzles, and steel and wood engraved illustrations, many of which showed scenes of Philadelphia.


Battle of Santiago
S. G. Sebry. "The Naval Battle of Santiago." Boston: James Drummond Ball, 1898. 22 x 42. Chromolithograph. Large margins. Five inch tear, expertly repaired, into image on right hand side. Otherwise, very good condition. With portraits of American and Spanish captains in the bottom margin. With a photocopy of original advertisement for the print.

When war was declared against Spain in 1898, Spain's Caribbean Squadron had taken refuge in the harbor of Santiago, Cuba. On July 3, the Spanish Squadron attempted to escape the harbor which was being blockaded by the American fleet commanded by Admiral Sampson. The Spanish fleet was no match for the Americans' five battleships and two armored cruisers. The campaign was a huge triumph for the modern United States Navy. This print, designed as a panorama to show the scope of the engagement, was issued not long after the battle. Names for both the American and Spanish ships are indicated. Below the image in the bottom margin are numerous oval portraits of the American and Spanish captains of the ships that took part in the battle. This print was originally issued in two editions. One, an Artist Proof which was offered on canvas and the other, a Regular Proof Edition. This print is the latter. A copy of the advertisement for the print accompanies this print. A dramatic and stirring view of the battle. $850





February 20, 2021


Mayer: Obelisk at Matarea
Luigi Mayer. "An Ancient Obelisk at Matarea, Formerly Heliopolis." From Views in Egypt, Palestine, and Other Parts of the Ottoman Empire. London: R. Bowyer, 1802-1805. 9 1/4 x 12 1/4 (neat line). Folio. Aquatint by T. Milton. Original hand coloring. Excellent condition. $300

From a group of finely crafted and informative views of the Middle East. The original drawings were done by Luigi Mayer for Sir Robert Ainslie, during his embassy to Constantinople, then the capital of the Ottoman Empire. Mayer traveled widely in the region, recording scenes in Palestine, Egypt, and present-day Turkey. He paid great attention to architecture, costume, and landscape. These details are lovingly captured by the engraver and colorist bringing out much of the feel of the earth tones and atmosphere of the region. The richness of the culture, both ancient and contemporary, is vividly and accurately illustrated, providing us with a privileged glimpse of the Middle East before the tremendous changes it was soon to undergo.


Heap: Philadelphia
Carington Bowles after George Heap. "An East Perspective View of the City of Philadelphia, in the Province of Pensylvania, in North America, taken from the Jersey Shore." London: Bowles & Carver, [1778]-ca. 1794. Second State. 9 1/2 x 16 1/8. Engraving. Full original hand coloring. Very good condition. Deak: 101; Snyder 6: 100B.

This is considered the finest and most decorative of the reissues of Heap's "East Prospect" of Philadelphia, and this ambitious and delicate eighteenth-century print is one of the most desirable early profiles of the city. This view shows the city as a bustling river port of some importance and sophistication. A mile of the Philadelphia waterfront, from present-day South Street to Vine Street, is depicted in considerable detail. In the foreground lies Windmill Island, and the river is congested with vessels of all types.

The creator of this print was London print maker, Carington Bowles. This was one of the vue d'optique or perspective views showing the cities of the world, prints that were very popular in the late eighteenth century. These prints were produced for a viewing machine. The hand color, necessitated by the optical show, is also noteworthy, the tones being more vivid and brilliant than on other, similar views of the period. The first issue of the engraving bore the date "1 Jany 1778" on the plate. In about 1794 Carington Bowles was succeeded by Bowles & Carver, and the new publisher's name appeared on the plate. But no change was made in the engraved picture itself. $9,500


Childs after Birch: Philadelphia
Thomas Birch. "Philadelphia. From Kensington." Philadelphia: C.G. Childs, 1828. Octavo. 3 5/8 x 5 7/8. Engraving by J. Cone. Very good condition. $225

Thomas Birch is well remembered both for his work with his father, William, on the series of views of Philadelphia and independently, for his achievements as a painter and engraver. Cephas Greer Childs was a printmaker and publisher who was well acquainted with the Philadelphia area. This print is based on Birch's famous depiction of Philadelphia from Kensington, and it exhibits the quality for which Childs' prints are known. The perspective and the bustling activity of the harbor beautifully evoke the spirit of early nineteenth century Philadelphia.


Doughty: Water Works
Thomas Doughty. "Fairmount Water Works from the West Bank of the Schuylkill." Philadelphia: C.G. Childs, 1828. Octavo. 3 1/2 x 5 (image). Engraving by J. Cone. Very good condition. $175

Almost three decades after the publication of the first edition of William Birch's City of Philadelphia, Cephas Childs published the second comprehensive series of prints of the city, entitled Views of Philadelphia. Childs, a native of Bucks County, was one of the most prominent American printmakers of his day. He was an expert engraver and publisher, and he later went on to run an important early lithographic firm. The detail and composition of these engravings is excellent, and they provide an fascinating overall view of the city with its new look. See: Snyder, Mirror of America, pp. 70-77.


Wild: Naval Asylum
J.C. Wild. "U. S. Naval Asylum." [Grays Ferry Avenue] From Views of Philadelphia and its Vicinity. Philadelphia: J.C. Wild & J.B. Chevalier, 1838. 5 x 7. Quarto. Lithograph by J.C. Wild. Printed by J. Collins on chine-appliqué. New hand color. Minor spotting in margins. $225

Wild was a Swiss artist who studied in Paris, and then came to Philadelphia around 1832. Soon after he moved to Cincinnati and then back to Philadelphia in 1837. At that time he formed a partnership with J.B. Chevalier to publish a series of small lithographs illustrating the city of Philadelphia. The intent was to sell the prints inexpensively, at a rate of 25 cents for two images, and this was done in part in conjunction with the Saturday Courier, which used the prints in its promotions. The prints were all issued in 1838, and when completed they were sold in a bound volume. The complete work consisted of twenty lovely scenes of Philadelphia and four additional larger prints that show the views from Independence Hall tower in the four cardinal directions. The project was not, however, a success for Wild, and in that year he left Philadelphia to move to the midwest. Though he stayed only a short time in the city, Wild's twenty-seven views of Philadelphia are amongst the most notable of the nineteenth century.


Gray: Index map
O.W. Gray. "Outline Map of the County and City of Philadelphia and Vicinity." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray, 1872. 14 1/4 x 11 1/4 (neat lines). Lithograph. Original hand color. Chip in margin at top and narrow left hand margin. Else, very good condition. $125

The index page from the O.W. Gray Topographical Atlas of the State of Pennsylvania.


Hopkins: Philadelphia
"Philadelphia." Philadelphia: G. M. Hopkins, 1877. From Atlas of Philadelphia and Environs. 16 1/2 x 13 1/4 (image). Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. $325

Hopkins: Phila CC Wards
"2nd to 18th Inclusive & 29th & 30th Wards." [Center City, Philadelphia]. Philadelphia: G. M. Hopkins, 1877. From Atlas of Philadelphia and Environs. 13 1/2 x 15 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. $325




February 19, 2021


Bowen: Derbyshire
Emanuel Bowen. "An Accurate Map of the County of Derby...." London: R. Sayer, and J. & C. Bowles, 1765. Dissected into 16 sections, mounted on linen and folded into original paper covers. 27 1/4 x 21 1/8. Engraving by E. Bowen. Original outline color. Very good condition.

A large, highly detailed and unusual folding map of Derbyshire. This map is by Emanuel Bowen, one of the best known cartographers of the eighteenth century. Bowen, together with the equally famous Thomas Kitchin, began to publish a series of large county maps in 1749, culminating in their Large English Atlas, which was issued in on-going editions from 1750 to 1794. These maps are very popular both for their large size and for the wealth of information included on their printed surface. This map of Derbyshire is typical of their detailed maps, with hills, roads, towns, villages, cities, country estates, churches, and much else is clearly presented. The hundreds are outlined in contrasting colors and there are a number of paragraphs dotted about the map describing major towns, a list of the seats of the local nobility, and text about the wonders of the county. An elaborate rococo title cartouche graces the bottom left corner, and a smaller dedication cartouche is in the lower right.

What makes this map unusual is that it is a separately issued, folding map. The map, which also appeared in the Large English Atlas, was cut into 16 sections, which were mounted on linen so that they folded into a small, ca. 6 1/2 x 5 1/2, size, which then was inserted into a paper envelope. Maps such as this would be easier to handle, store, and perhaps use when one was travelling. Maps such as this, however, are also scarcer as they have a much lower survival rate than atlas maps. This is a most impressive and unusual map of Derbyshire. $450



Gilbert: England & Wales
James Gilbert. "Gilbert's New Map of England & Wales, drawn from the best authorities." London: Collins, 1849. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 24 sections and mounted on linen. 32 x 25 3/4. Steel engraving. Original hand color. Slightly browned, but very good condition. Folding into original cloth case. Case rubbed.

A very detailed transportation map of England as the Industrial Revolution went into high gear. Roads, railroads, and steamship lines are shown in abundance. An unusual feature is a "Comparative Chart of the Navigation of the Principal Rivers" which shows the length to which one can pilot a boat. $375



Tunison: Va Md & De
Henry Tunison. "Tunison's Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia." From Peerless Universal Atlas. Jacksonville, Illinois: H.C. Tunison, ca. 1885. Wax engraving. Original color. 9 3/4 x 12. Very good condition.

A handsome map from Tunison's Peerless Universal Atlas. With the development of wax engraving (cerography), more maps and atlases were, for the first time, easily produced in cities beyond the major printing centers of New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. Henry C. Tunison issued a series of fine atlases beginning in 1885 and lasting into the beginning of the twentieth century. This is a nice example of his output. Small towns are scrupulously noted, as is the population of each state. $75


Imperial Botany
"Imperial Botany _ or a Peep at Josephine's collection of English Exoticks. Vide the Champion Jany 30, 1814." London: W.N.Jones, 1 March 1814. 7 5/8 x 20 3/8. With borders, but trimmed within platemarks. Etching. Vivid and attractive hand color. Folds as issued, scarcely visible on image. Otherwise very good condition.

After her divorce from Napoleon Bonaparte, Josephine retained her garden at Malmaison. In this caricature she is depicted as a stout woman showing her plants to the Marchioness of Hertford, who had been separated from the Prince Regent. She points to the Prince's image within a sunflower as the two women discuss gardening in terms alluding to their former lovers. The conceit of the caricature is apt: in reality, these two women had exchanged plants, seeds, and gardening advice during the Napoleonic was, and Josephine had even received acorns from the great English oaks so that timbers could be acquired for the future French navy. Throughout this very complex composition are people, plants, and images that allude to current events. A complete description from Dorothy George's Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires will be provided upon request. $1,200



Wm. Penns Treaty
"Wm. Penns Treaty with the Indians when he Founded the Province of Pennsa. 1661." New York: J. Baillie, ca. 1850. 8 5/8 x 12 1/4. Losses in margins, expertly conserved and lined. $425




February 17, 2021


Wm. Penn
Anon. "Willm. Penn." From James Hardie's The New Universal Biographical Dictionary . . . New York: 1801-1805. Stipple engraving. 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 (platemarks) plus full margins. Minor stain in title with one in right hand margin outside plate mark. Strong strike. $150


John Adams
Anon. "John Adams." From James Hardie's The New Universal Biographical Dictionary . . . New York: New York: 1801-1805. Stipple engraving by Scoles. 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 (platemarks) plus full margins. Repaired tear right hand side just into image. Soiling bottom right hand side not affecting image. Strong strike. $225


S. Adams
Anon. "S. Adams, Esq., Governor of Massachusetts. 1795." From James Hardie's The New Universal Biographical Dictionary . . . New York: 1801-1805. Mezzotint. 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 (platemarks) plus full margins. Minor soiling botton right corner. Strong strike. $125

Thomas Jefferson
Anonymous life portrait. "Thos. Jefferson. President of the United States." From James Hardie's The New Universal Biographical Dictionary . . . New York: 1801-1805. Stipple engraving. 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 (platemarks) plus full margins. Minor stain in title with one in right hand margin outside plate mark. Strong strike. $350


James Madison
Anon. "James Madison." From James Hardie's The New Universal Biographical Dictionary . . . New York: New York: 1801-1805. Stipple engraving. 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 (platemarks) plus full margins. Soiling bottom right hand side not affecting imageStrong strike. $225


J. Wright: Washington
J. Wright. "G. Washington." From James Hardie's The New Universal Biographical Dictionary . . . New York: New York: 1801-1805. Stipple engraving by J. Collyer. 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 (platemarks) plus full margins. Soiling bottom right hand side not affecting image. Strong strike. $275



Gen. Wayne
Anon. "Gen. Wayne." From James Hardie's The New Universal Biographical Dictionary . . . New York: 1801-1805. Stipple engraving. 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 (platemarks) plus full margins. Minor stain in title with one in right hand margin outside plate mark. Strong strike. $125

Copley: Hagar & IshmaelSpacerCopley: Hagar & Ishmael
John Singleton Copley. London: John Singleton Copley, late 18th century. Mezzotint engravings by R. Dunkarton printed in color à la poupée. Prints have been professionally conserved. Generous margins.

Two large and dramatic religious prints by the well known American artist John Singleton Copley (1738-1815). Copley, a Boston native, flourished as a portrait artist in the colonies before he settled in London in 1775 and focused on the painting of portraits, historical and religious scenes. Copley was a master at painting dramatic multi-figure compositions.

Jones: Horses going to a Fair
James Ward. "A Livery Stable." London: T. Simpson and Thompson, 1796. Mezzotint by Ward. Printed in color. 19 x 23 3/4. Top and side margins trimmed to plate mark. Else, very good condition.

The output of James Ward contains some of the finest British prints from around the turn of the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries. James was himself an excellent mezzontinter having studied under John Raphel Smith. The warmth of image, richness of the color and quality of mezzotinting combine to make this rare print a gem of its era. $900


Jones: Horses going to a Fair
S.J.E. Jones. "Horses Going to a Fair." Aquatint by W. Fellows. 14 x 17 1/2 (image) plus margins. Probably London, England, circa 1825. Fine condition.

Jones exhibited at the Royal Academy in London from 1820 to about 1845. He humorously placed his own name as the proprietor of the roadside inn and perhaps provided a self-portrait with inclusion of the inn keeper providing a drink to the horseman. The printmaker, Fellows, is listed by Ian Mackenzie in his British Prints as working from late eighteenth century to early nineteenth century. A lovely, early depiction of horses with gentlemanly costume and architecture of the period. $400


Fores: Going to CoverSpacerFores: Going to the Moors

Charles C. Henderson. From Fores Sporting Traps. London: Fores, 1847. 17 5/8 x 16 3/4 (image). Re-strikes from early 20th century. Aquatints by John Harris. Full hand color. Large margins. Good condition. Messrs. Fores are amongst the most famous British nineteenth century publishers of sporting and genre scenes. Between 1845 and 1856, they set out to publish an impressive series of sporting sets, including Steeple Chase Scenes, Hunting Accomplishments, Hunting Casualities, Contrasts, Hunting Sketches, Coaching Incidents, Coaching Recollections, and so forth and so on. These series were after paintings by the excellent artists Henry Alken Snr. and Charles C. Henderson and they were all superbly aquatinted by John Harris. This charming print is after a painting by C.C. Henderson. The detail and composition is excellently rendered by the aquatinting of John Harris, and the overall quality is typical of the output of Fores. This is a good example of British genre print-making at a time when it was the best in the world.


Berenger: Earl of Derby's Stag hounds
James Berenger. (1780-1931). "The Earl of Derby's Stag Hounds." Carshalton, Surrey: I. Griffin, May 15, 1823. Late 19th or early 20th century re-strike. Engraved by R. Woodman. Full hand color. Light mat-burn in margins not affecting image. Else, very good condition.

A wonderful and animated fox hunting print. Below the image the riders are identified. From left to right is Edward, Lord Stanley, Honourable Edward Stanley, Jonathan Griffin and the first whipper in. An excellent example of 19th century British sporting art. $750


Sindici: Going to the Meet
Stuart Sindici. "Going to the Meet." London: F.C.M. Queen & Sons, 1893. 20th Century restrike. 17 1/2 x 12 1/2. Aquatint. Full hand color. Full margins. Very good condition. $175


Mitchell: National Map 1843
S. Augustus Mitchell. "Mitchell's National Map of the American Republic or United States of North America." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1843, copyright 1842. First edition. Separately issued wall map. 24 1/2 x 33 3/4. Drawn by J.H. Young. Engraving by J.H. Brightly. Full original hand color. Together with "Maps of the Vicinities of Thirty-Two of the Principal Cities and Towns in the Union." Expertly conserved and mounted on new linen. Excellent condition.

A dramatic, separately-issued wall map of the United States issued by important Philadelphia publisher S. Augustus Mitchell. Mitchell had begun to produce wall maps about a decade earlier, and this was the first edition of a regularly updated series of "National Maps" which appeared every year from 1843 to 1850 (except for 1849). As intended for practical use, this map has a particularly strong appearance and very clear depictions of towns and roads between them, each labeled with a distance on it. The insets of the thirty-two cities surround the map. Included are insets of northern Maine and the southern tip of Florida. In the lower right corner is a table with the populations of each county within the United States. This striking and highly detailed map shows the U.S. extending from the Atlantic to just beyond the Mississippi River, with the states of Louisiana and Missouri, and the territories of Arkansas and the recently created Iowa, much larger than it would become as a state. To the west of those lies a very large Indian Territory, as all that land (then thought to be useless to white Americans) had been set aside as a convenient place to send the eastern tribes. For much of the rest of the nineteenth century, of course, these Indian lands were taken away until only what later became Oklahoma remained. $3,250


Harper's Southern States
Anon. "Map of the Southern States." From Harper's Weekly. New York: November 1861. 20 x 29 3/4 (neat lines plus margins). Wood engraving. Original hand color. With folds as issued. Repaired tears and reinforcement along vertical fold with archival tape. Slight browning alone vertical center fold. Else, very good condition of a map that is usually found tattered at the edges from folding out of the periodical. Stephenson, Civil War Maps, 14.55.

Harper's Weekly was an illustrated newspaper issued in New York, beginning just before the Civil War and continuing for most of the nineteenth century. Its mission was best described by its subtitle, "A Journal of Civilization." The newspaper had copious articles, but it communicated much of its message through excellent and topical pictures which were drawn by its many staff artists. These pictures were of current events, and it was this paper which supplied the American public with most of the contemporary images of the Civil War. Besides the scenes of soldiers and battlefields, Harper's included a number of maps. This map depicted the entire region of the south and border states and it was intended as the general map which readers could use to follow events. $650



Mitchell Jr: Washington
S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. "Plan of the City of Washington." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., 1866. 11 x 13 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. With decorative floral border.

For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell dominated American cartography in output and influence. This fine map is from one of his son's atlases. The map depicts and names streets, rail lines, and major buildings. Each ward is colored in a contrasting pastel shade. This map was republished in several editions and it provided more readers with information about Washington than any other map of the period. A fine decorative border surrounds the map, and the whole effect makes for an attractive mid-nineteenth century map. $350



Burr: Carolinas
David H. Burr. "North and South Carolina." New York: Illman & Pilbrow, 1836. From A New Universal Atlas (1835). 10 1/2 x 12 5/8. Engraving by W.F.H. Jr. Full original color. Very good condition.

An excellent map of the Carolinas by David H. Burr, one of the most important American cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century. Having studied under Simeon DeWitt, Burr produced the second state atlas issued in the United States, of New York in 1829. He was then appointed to be geographer for the U.S. Post Office and later geographer to the House of Representatives. The map shows each county with a different color and towns and cities are noted throughout. With his access to information from the Post Office, Burr's depiction of the road system is accurate and up-to-date. Burr's maps are scarce and quite desirable. $250



Finley: N Carolina
Anthony Finley. "North Carolina." Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1825. From A New General Atlas. 11 1/4 x 8 1/2. Engraving by Young & Delleker. Original hand coloring. Very good condition.

In the 1820s, Anthony Finley produced a series of fine atlases in the then leading American cartographic center, Philadelphia. Finley's work is a good example of the quality that American publishers were beginning to obtain in the early decades of the century. He was very concerned to depict as up-to-date information as was possible, and thus his map presents an accurate picture of North Carolina in the 1820s. This map is elegantly presented, with crisp and clear engraving and very attractive pastel hand shading. Towns, rivers, and political divisions are indicated, and the bright color makes this map as attractive as it is informative. $225



Hinton: Carolinas
John Hinton. "Map of the States of North and South Carolina." From The History and Topography of the United States of America. London: I.T. Hinton & Simpkin & Marshall, [1830]-1832. 9 3/4 x 15 5/8 (neat lines). Steel engraving by Fenner Sears & Co. Full hand color. With inset map of Charleston. Very good condition.

A lovely example of a steel engraving from one of the more popular nineteenth century view and map books, Hinton's History and Topography. This work contained text and numerous illustrations documenting the history and topography of the United States. Hinton used many different artists, all the engravings being made from drawings made on the spot. For their wide coverage, accurate detail, and pleasing appearance, these are amongst the finest small images of early nineteenth century America to be found anywhere. The London edition was the only one with maps of the regions throughout the United States. $250






February 16, 2021


Guthrie: Europe
William Guthrie. "An Accurate Map of Europe, from the best Authorities." From Guthrie's New System of Geography. London: Dilly & Robinson, ca. 1785. 13 1/2 x 14 1/2. Engraving. Original outline color. Very good condition.

A nicely rendered map of Canada from William Guthrie's famous geography. William Guthrie (1708-1770) was a historian who came out in 1769 with a General View of Geography. This work proved very popular and he soon revised the work, adding maps. "Guthrie's Geography" went through many different editions, well past his death, with editions to as late as 1842. Later editions were regularly updated and expanded, with new discoveries and maps added. $200


Burr: Europe
David H. Burr. "Europe." From A New Universal Atlas (1835). New York: David H. Burr, 1834. 12 1/2 x 10 1/4. Engraving. Full original color. Chips and discoloring in upper corners of margin. Else, very good condition.

An excellent map of Europe by David H. Burr, one of the most important American cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century. Having studied under Simeon DeWitt, Burr produced the second state atlas issued in the United States, of New York in 1829. He was then appointed to be geographer for the U.S. Post Office and later geographer to the House of Representatives. A careful geographer, Burr's maps are scarce and quite desirable. $85


Carey & Hart: Europe
Henry Tanner. "Europe." From Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1843. 11 1/4 x 14 1/4. Engraving by E.B. Dawson. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A map of Europe by the great American cartographer, Henry Schenck Tanner. Beginning at the end of the second decade of the nineteenth century, Tanner, produced his important American Atlas, the finest American produced atlas to the time. The American Atlas was a huge success and this inspired Tanner, in 1834, to produce his Universal Atlas, of more manageable size. All details are clearly presented and these include towns, rivers mountains, political boundaries and some transportation information. In 1844 Carey & Hart issued an updated edition of the Tanner atlas. These maps were later purchased by S. Augustus Mitchell, and then Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., but maps from the early Carey & Hart edition are quite rare. This is a typical example of the maps from that atlas, with excellent and current information. $110


Mitchell 1846: Europe
Henry S. Tanner. "Europe." Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell Sr., 1846. 12 x 15 1/8. Lithographic transfer from copper engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A crisp, detailed map of Europe by the great American cartographer, Henry Schenck Tanner and published by Samuel Augustus Mitchell Sr., one the leading cartographic publishers of the period. Beginning in 1819, Tanner published his American Atlas, which was a huge success. This inspired Tanner to produce his Universal Atlas, of more manageable size, which contained fine maps of each state and a number of cities. These maps were purchased by S. Augustus Mitchell and reissued in his editions of Tanner's atlas. Mitchell was born in Connecticut where he engaged in teaching. Upon the discovery that geography texts were inadequate, he wrote his own and in 1829-30 moved to Philadelphia, then the leading publishing center in the United States. He acquired the stock and plates of Anthony Finley's publishing company and improved on those copper plate maps. In 1846, with the issuing of his New Universal Atlas, Mitchell began using the new technique of stone lithography. $85


Johnston: Europe
A.K. Johnston, F.R.S.E. "The Mountain Systems of Europe Costructed on the basis of Contour Lines." Edinburgh: W. & A.K. Johnston, 1854. 18 1/2 x 25 1/2. Color lithograph. Wear along folds; paper toned; scattered light stains. Else, good condition. An interesting map of the continent. Topographical detail is extensive and clear. $175


Mitchell: Europe
S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. "Map of Europe showing its Gt. Political Divisions." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. 1860. 10 5/8 x 13 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand coloring. Full margins. Decorative border. Very good condition.

For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell dominated American cartography in output and influence. This fine map is from one of his son's atlases. The map depicts and names streets, rail lines, and major buildings. Each ward is colored in a contrasting pastel shade. This map was republished in several editions and it provided more readers with information about Philadelphia than any other map of the period. A fine decorative border surrounds the map, and the whole effect makes for an attractive mid-nineteenth century map. $45


Tripoli War
"Blowing up of the Fire Ship Intrepid commanded by Capt. Somers in the Harbour of Tripoli on the Night of the 4th. Sept. 1804." From The Port Folio. December 1810. Line engraving. 9 3/4 x 14. With folds as issued. Expertly repaired two inch tear into image. Backed with archival tissue. Else good condition. Ref.: E. Newbold Smith, American Naval Broadsides: 43, pl. 29 and Irving Olds, Bits and Pieces: 112.

The first Barbary War (1801-1805) was a result of President Jefferson's refusal to pay an increased tribute to Tripoli (now Libya) one of the Barbary States of North Africa along with of Algiers, Tunis and Morocco. These piratical states had been extracting tribute from the European powers since the eighteenth century, in order to ensure the safety of their vessels sailing in the Mediterranean. When the United States became independent, it was deemed prudent to take up this practice, and so the Americans began paying their own tribute in 1784. In 1801, the pasha of Tripoli demanded an increased tribute, to $225,000, from the new President. This Jefferson, who had long argued against the tribute, refused, and the pasha declared war on the United States on May 14, 1801.

The United States sent navy ships to blockade the Barbary ports and they had some success, though in 1803 the frigate USS Philadelphia ran aground in Tripoli Harbor and was captured. In February 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur, Jr., led a small group into the harbor aboard a disguised USS Intrepid, and they managed to destroy the Philadelphia to prevent its use by their enemies. Later that year in the Americans tried to send the Intrepid, under Commandant Richard Somers, into the harbor again, this time as a fire ship to burn the enemy fleet. According to this print the ship were boarded by an overwhelming number of enemies before their plan could be carried out. Rather than be captured, enslaved, and lose the ship, Somers ordered that the magazine be explored, which killed both the boarders and the entire American crew. It is not clear that events took place in this way, for the ship may have been hit by enemy fire or perhaps blown up accidentally, but this version made for a stirring story, which promoted patriotism and increased the reputation of the U.S. Navy. Despite this set back, the continued American blockade and an overland expedition against Tripoli, led to a peace treaty on June 4, 1805. $650



Smith England 1827
Charles Smith. "Smith's New Map of England and Wales with Part of Scotland." London: C. Smith, 1827. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 42 sections and mounted onto linen. 44 3/4 x 27. Engraving. Original hand color. Some slight surface smudging. Very good condition. In original paper slip case with circular label. Some wear and separations at edges of case, but generally very good.

A very large and detailed transportation map by Charles Smith, "Engraver and Map Seller Extraordinary to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales." The focus of this map is best explained by the subtitle: "Including the Turnpike, and principal Cross Roads. the Course of the Rivers & Navigable Canals; The Cities, Market Towns, and most considerable Villages: pointing out the distances from London to every principal Town: likewise the distance from one Market Town to another." $525


Seaton England 1830
Robert Seaton. "New Map of England & Wales." London: J. & C. Walker, c. 1830. Separately issued map: dissected into 40 sections and mounted on linen. 48 7/8 x 37 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Buckram end papers with buckram slipcase. Scattered light spots; else, very good condition. With stipple engraved and etched vignette portraits and views in margins.

An attractive, crisply detailed map of England Wales at the second quarter of the nineteenth century. Though the extensive railroad and postal road systems illustrate a forward-thinking economy, the portrait vignettes surrounding the map demonstrate a proud national heritage of artists, philosophers, scientists, and military leaders. On the eve of Queen Victoria's reign, Great Britain was a nation of growth, prosperity, and international stature. A growing empire abroad and an industrial revolution at home combined to produce a proud nation that would reach its zenith during the nineteenth century. As hydrographer to the king, Robert Seaton skillfully communicates his nation's status with this elegant and precise map. $575


Bartholomew London
"Bartholomew's Street Index Plan of London, North West Section, Showing the Postal Districts." Edinburgh: John Bartholomew & Son, Ltd., n.d. Folding map, 34 1/4 x 41 1/2.

This 20th century map of the northwest section of London, from Cleopatra's Needle west through Southall and north to Barnet and Oxhey, is on a scale of 3.4 inches to a mile, has half-mile sections delineated, and shows the postal areas as well.

Bartholomew's was begun by George B. Bartholomew (1784-1871) as an engraving firm. Five generations of the family operated the cartographic company, ending with John B. Bartholomew (1890-1960). The firm was acquired by Reader's Digest Publications in 1990. $45


PARR ca. 1941
William E. Morris. "Map of Montgomery County Pennsylvania from Original Surveys . . ." Philadelphia: Smith & Wistar, 1849. Lithograph (hand color). 39 x 56 1/2 (full sheet). Separately issued varnished wall map mounted to original canvas. Time toning due to darkening of varnish over time. Some cracking to surface, minor stains and soiling as to be expected. Two smallish tears in canvas backing reinforced with archival tape. With original molding and spindle. Else, good condition.

This county was named for General Richard Montgomery who was killed in the siege of Quebec during the American Revolution. It was formed from Philadelphia County in 1784 and has always had a firm bond with Philadelphia. In addition, there are inset plans of Pottstown and Norristown and inset views of Lower Merion Meeting House and Norristown. This map provides a fine picture of how the county appeared to its people at the beginning of the second half of the nineteenth century. $1,850


PARR ca. 1941
Crawford C. Anderson. "The Pennsylvania Railroad and Connections." Buffalo: J.W. Clement Co., Matthews-Northrup Works, ca. 1941. 55 1/2 x 32. Cereograph. Full printed color. Full margins. Backed on fabric as issued with original rollers. Very good condition.

A bright railroad map showing the Pennsylvania Railroad System and its connections from Kansas City to Maine and as far south as Kentucky. Dated by internal evidence of rail lines. $475


White House
Anon. "Front View of the President's House in the City of Washington." Title page from Charles William Janson's Stranger in America. London: James Cundee, 1807. 9 x 7 3/8 (sheet). Sepia aquatint. Quarter inch repaired tear right hand side and some minor scuffing not affecting image. Else, very good condition. Very rare. $525

Charles William Janson resided in the United States from 1793 to 1805. He travelled the United States and eventually issued in 1807 a petulant account of his years in America. This volume included nine aquatints depicting six scenes in Philadelphia, one of Mount Vernon and one in Boston. But most importantly this book contains the earliest known published image of the White House. A very scarce and important print.


Ochio-Finico
Charles Bird King. "Ochio Finico-Charles Cornels." [Creek]. From McKenney & Hall History of the Native American Tribes of North America. Printed in Philadelphia, 1836-38. Publisher's remainders. Folio. 10 3/4 x 9 1/2 (image). 21 3/4 x 15 3/8 (paper). Lithograph. With original hand coloring on jacket and contemporary hand coloring on face. Excellent condition. $350

A print intended for McKenney & Hall's impressive portfolio of Native American portraits. Thomas McKenney, head of the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs for many years, was a champion of the Native Americans and fought throughout his tenure to preserve something of their culture, so integral a part of the history of the United States. This print is one that remained since the nineteenth century in one of the publisher's warehouses, having been only partially colored and never issued. Thus their excellent condition is explained by their never having been subjected to the vicissitudes of the open market, and their chance survival for over a century and a half is most fortuitous.




February 11, 2021

Cary England
"A New Map of England from the Latest Authorities." London: J. Cary, 1807. 18 1/4 x 20 1/2. Engraving. Full original hand color. Full margins. Expertly repaired tear at centerfold and into image. Otherwise, fine condition.

A very detailed map of England by John Cary (ca. 1754-1835), the founder of the famous English cartographic firm. Cities, rivers and lakes are graphically presented, and this together with the contrasting pastel shades of the counties gives the map a striking appearance. Roads are shown, and shipping distances are shown from many ports. Scales are given for British miles as well as Irish and Geographical miles. $175



Carey England 1818
Mathew Carey. "An Accurate Map of England and Wales with The Principal Roads from the best Authorities." Philadelphia: Carey, 1818. Folio. Engraving. Stain along centerfold from binding hinge. Spots in margins away from image. Else, very good condition. Wheat & Brun: 769.

The most influential name in American cartography at the end of the eighteenth century was Mathew Carey (1760-1839). Carey was the first major American publisher of maps and atlases, and his Atlas of 1795 is one of the landmarks of early American cartography because it contained some of the first printed maps of many states. The 1790s marked the beginning of the new republic under a new constitution, and patriotic sentiments filled the hearts and minds of men and their publications. In England, William Guthrie's geographies were disparaging to the former colonies, so Carey wrote new text and produced his own maps for an "improved" edition that merely recognized while not compensating Guthrie. As a youth Carey had been expelled from Ireland for printing seditious literature, so he escaped to Paris where he worked for Benjamin Franklin until the cessation of hostilities. He then went to Philadelphia, worked for Franklin briefly and later opened his own printing shop. Eventually Mathew Carey became one of the great citizens of Philadelphia and founder of the present-day firm of Lea & Febiger, which until recently was located on Washington Square. $150



Environs of London
"Environs of London." From Appleton's European Guide Book. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1881+. 10 x 13 1/4. Lithotint. With folds as issued. Very good condition. $90



Thomson: Africa
John Thomson. "North Africa. South Africa." From A New General Atlas. Edinburgh: J. Thomson, 1815. 22 7/8 x 20 3/8. Engraving. Full original hand color. Full margins. Short repaired tears in left margin, not affecting image. Foxing throughout. Else, good condition.

A striking map of North and South Africa from an interesting period in the history of the continent. The map is divided into the two separate geographical areas known to Europeans, with towns carefully named and much attention given to geographical detail. The map is beautifully crafted, with precise engraving and neat hand coloring. The delicate coloring highlights the information given, making the map both easier to read and pleasing to look at. Altogether, a fine example of early 19th-century British cartography. $125



SDUK S Africa
"South Africa Compiled from the M.S. Maps in the Colonial Office Captn. Owen's Survey ∓c." London: SDUK, 1834. 12 1/4 x 15 1/2. Engraving by J. & C. Walker. Original outline hand coloring. Full margins. A few scattered spots. Else, very good condition. A detailed and cleanly drawn map of South Africa by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. This very informative map was published one year before the Great Trek, and it shows the political and topographical setting for this important event. Names of towns, rivers, mountains, plains, and information on native and animal populations are given throughout. Included are four inset maps of "Environs of the Cape," "District of George," "Environs of Graham-Town," and "Cape-Town." $300



Black: Africa 1879
J. Bartholomew, F.R.G.S. "South Africa." From Black's General Atlas of the World. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1879. 16 1/2 x 22 1/8. Although the map states that it is "engraved and colored" by J[ohn] Bartholomew, it was lithographed in colors.

One of a series of precisely detailed maps of the world from one of the leading British mapmaking firms of the nineteenth century. Adam and Charles Black issued atlases from the 1840s through the 80s, keeping their maps as current as possible. This handsome map is a splendid example of their output. $165






February 10, 2021

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Thomas Chippendale. From Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director . . . of Household Furniture in the Gothic, Chinese and Modern Taste. London: Thomas Chippendale, 1754. Approx. 17 1/2 x 11 (paper size). Engraving. Hand color. Very good condition.

These lovely prints are from one of the finest, and definitely most famous, furniture makers of the Eighteenth Century, Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779). Established in the Mid Eighteenth Century, Chippendale's furniture firm has become synonymous with the British Rococo. These particular prints are from the first edition of his celebrated pattern book, "The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director." Published in 1754, it served as a trade catalogue and guide to clients. Containing 161 plates, it beautifully illustrates the different forms of English Rococo furniture; the French, the Gothic, and the Chinese. So successful was the publication that a nearly identical second edition was issued in 1755, and a third enlarged and revised edition appeared in 1762. This delicate and slightly whimsical style of furniture served as the transition from the heavier and regal, Baroque, to the restrained and elegant, Neo Classicism.

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Giambattista Passeri. From Picturae Etruscorum in Vasculis. Rome, 1770. Engravings. ca 12 1/2 x 8. Very good condition.

Epitomizing eighteenth-century fascination with antiquities this print was taken from Giambattista Passeri's famed collection of antique Etruscan pottery. As Abbate of Pasero, he was one of the most well-known and enthusiastic collectors of ancient terra cotta. A prolific scholar, Passeri published a book of the designs found on the objects he purchased, and the result was an exceptionally striking group of prints showcasing classic themes of ancient Etruscan and Roman design.

Pl. 123
Plate 123. $575
Pl. 126
Plate 126. $475


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From Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick's A Critical Inquiry into Antient Armour. London: Henry G. Bohn, ca. 1830. ca. 10 x 8 (image vignette). Aquatints. Full original hand color. Full margins. Very good condition.

A splendidly colored series of prints showing ancient armour from the period of the Norman Conquest up to the reign of King Charles II. The emphasis is on British armour, and many different forms and styles are shown, each as worn by a historic personage. Meyrick (1783-1848) was interested in being historically accurate, and thus each drawing is rendered with careful precision, illustrating all aspects of the armour and weapons. Besides the concern for accuracy, the aesthetic aspects of the prints were also important, as is especially evident with the hand coloring, which is wonderfully done.

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Melrose: New England
Andrew W. Melrose. "Mills and Dales of New England." Washington: A. Melrose, ca. 1885. 21 1/2 x 35 1/2. Chromolithograph by Raphael Tuck and Sons. Vibrant colors. Margins trimmed to image as issued. Small portion of lower right hand corner missing and in-painted. Minor chipping along edges as to be expected. Expertly conserved. Otherwise, very good condition.

Andrew Melrose (1836-1901) was an artist of American landscapes. He had studios in Hoboken and Guttenburg, New Jersey during the 1870s and 1880s. He is particularly known for his paintings of views from North Carolina to New England, though he also produced images of Ireland, the Tyrol and Cornwall, England. Melrose published a number of large chromolithographs after his paintings. Many artists tried selling these large and colorful prints to make extra money and to help establish their reputations. This is an excellent example of nineteenth century chromolithography used to reproduce American paintings. $1,200


Melrose: Lake George
Andrew W. Melrose. "Lake George." [Sabbath Day Point/Roger's Slide]. Washington: A. Melrose, ca. 1885. 21 1/2 x 35 1/2. Chromolithograph by Raphael Tuck and Sons. Margins trimmed to image as issued. Vibrant colors. Very good condition.

Andrew Melrose (1836-1901) was an artist of American landscapes. He had studios in Hoboken and Guttenburg, New Jersey during the 1870s and 1880s. He is particularly known for his paintings of views from North Carolina to New England, though he also produced images of Ireland, the Tyrol and Cornwall, England. This lovely and colorful Adirondack scene shows the area of Sabbath Day Point, near the present day town of Hague, New York. Melrose published a number of large chromolithographs after his paintings. Many artists tried selling these large and colorful prints to make extra money and to help establish their reputations. This is an excellent example of nineteenth century chromolithography used to reproduce American paintings. $1,400



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From La Gazette du Bon Ton. Paris: Lucien Vogel, 1913. ca. 6 1/4 x 5 1/8. Lithographs with 'pochoir' hand color or printed color. Full margins.

Attractive prints from a series of enticing portrayals of twenties high fashion by renowned French designers. The colors are brilliant-either simulating or actual pochoir technique; the designs and settings stylish and sophisticated. These visually striking images and fine mementos of the elegant and extravagant Parisian world were on the cutting edge of the art deco tradition.

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February 5, 2021

West: North American
After Benjamin West. "Nordamerikaner." From H.R. Schinz's Naturgeschichte und Abbildungen des Menschen. Zurich: Honeggerschen Lithographischen Anstalt, 1835. 8 x 9 (image). Lithograph by J. Honegger. Light scattered spotting left and right of image, Else, fine condition. Very good condition.

From 1824 until 1845, Swiss doctor and natural historian Heinrich Rudolf Schinz published various editions of his "Natural History. Schinz's work included illustrations of the different races and he took his images for Native Americans upon the work of various naturalists, such as John Webber (from Cook's expedition) and Karl Bodmer (from his travels with Prince Maximilian). For the northeastern woodland Indians, Schinz copied the figure that appears in the foreground of Benjamin West's "The Death of General Wolfe." This figure had become the archetypical image of the Native American in the early 19th century. $325



Webber: Hawaiian
After John Webber. "Bewohner der Sandwichinseln in Königlicher Prachtkleidung." From H.R. Schinz's Naturgeschichte und Abbildungen des Menschen. Zurich: Honeggerschen Lithographischen Anstalt, 1836-45. Ca. 11 x 8. Lithograph by J. Honegger. Very good condition.

From 1824 until 1845, Swiss doctor and natural historian Heinrich Rudolf Schinz published various editions of his "Natural History." Included in this work was a consideration of the human species, which Schinz grouped into five "tribes" or races. Schinz's work included illustrations of the different races and he took his images for Native Americans upon the work of various naturalists. This print is after one of John Webber's (1751-1793) drawings who was the official artist on Cook's third voyage of discovery. This print depicts a King of the Hawaiian Islands. $175



Cassell: Golden Hamburgh
"Golden Spangled Hamburghs." From The Illustrated Book of Poultry. London: Cassell, Petter, & Galpin, 1890. 8 x 6 3/4 (image). Quarto. Chromolithograph. Very good condition. $125

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Cassell: Silver Hamburgh
"Silver Spangled Hamburghs." From The Illustrated Book of Poultry. London: Cassell, Petter, & Galpin, 1890. 7 3/4 x 6 3/4. Quarto. Chromolithograph. Very good condition. $125

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From a delightful series of 'portraits' of prize poultry and fowl. The last part of the nineteenth century was the time when wonderful chromolithographs were being produced in England and the United States, and these prints are excellent examples of the process. The award winning birds are appropriately displayed with their fine plumage and bright colors. They strut about proudly in equally cheerful farm-like settings. The combination of bold subjects, impressive demeanor, and vivid color make for a series of truly jovial prints.

VF Tennis
"Thrice Champion." [H.L. Doherty.] Spy. From Vanity Fair. London: Vanity Fair, September 1, 1904. 13 1/8 x 7 5/8. Chromolithograph. Full margins. Very good condition. $450

We have a large selection of Vanity Fair prints. Please call or email for more information.

From January 30, 1869 until February 5, 1914, Vanity Fair, a weekly Society magazine of social, literary and political content, was published to the delight of Victorian and then Edwardian England. Most popular of its features were the wonderful full page caricatures of famous men and women of the day, prints that are Vanity Fair's great legacy. These were drawn by such popular artists as Spy (Leslie Ward) and Ape (Carlo Pellegrini), amongst others. With subjects ranging from the political to the religious, Americans to Asians, these prints remain one of the most popular of prints from that bygone era.


Rockwell: Save Freedom of Speech
Norman Rockwell. (1894-1978). Ours to Fight for-Save Freedom of Speech. Buy War Bonds. Washington, DC: 1943. 40 x 28 1/2. Color photo-offset. OWI#44. [Citizen standing and speaking at a town meeting]. With folds as originally issued. A number of several repaired small separations along folds at corners along with some minor wear along folds in image. Minor staining along some fold marks in margins. Loss of small triangular piece of margin right hand side. Else, fine condition. $500





February 3, 2021

Bertius Picardy
Pieter Bertius. "Picardia." From Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum. Amsterdam: Cornelis Claesz, 1606. Engraving by J. Hondius and Pieter van den Keere. Ca. 3 1/2 x 5. Latin text on verso.

A map from a wonderful set of early seventeenth century maps issued in a popular geography written by Pieter Bertius. These maps were engraved by the brother-in-laws, Jodocus Hondius and Pieter van den Keere. The maps have a charm which comes from their fine engraving and small size, and they present some of the most up-to-date information of areas around the world available at the time. $65



Melish Baltimore
John Melish. "Baltimore, Annapolis and adjacent Country." From A Geographical Description of the United States, with the contiguous British and Spanish Possessions. Philadelphia, 1822. Ca. 6 1/2 x 3 1/8. Engraving. Paper somewhat time-toned with old tape stain in upper right corner of margin. Else, very good condition.

Beginning in 1816, Melish issued his Geographical Description, which contained extensive information about the entire United States and surrounding regions. In 1822, Melish issued a considerably expanded edition, which included 12 engraved regional maps of considerable note. $100



Cowperthwait PA
"A New Map of Pennsylvania with its Canals, Rail-roads . . ." Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1850. 11 3/4 x 14 1/4. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Full original color. Minor spotting in margins. Else, very good condition.

A strong and beautifully crafted map of Pennsylvania from the mid-nineteenth century, published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. This firm took over the publication of S. Augustus Mitchell's important Universal Atlas in 1850, and they continued to produce updated maps that were amongst the best issued in the period. $250



Mitchell: Philadelphia 1871
S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. "Plan of Philadelphia." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. 1871. 11 x 12 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand coloring. Full margins. Decorative border.

For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell dominated American cartography in output and influence. This fine map is from one of his son's atlases. The map depicts and names streets, rail lines, and major buildings. Each ward is colored in a contrasting pastel shade. This map was republished in several editions and it provided more readers with information about Philadelphia than any other map of the period. A fine decorative border surrounds the map; an attractive mid-nineteenth century map. $300



Colton 1856 Hawaii
"Hawaiian Group or Sandwich Islands. New Zealand. FeeJee Islands. Society Islands. Marquesas island. Calapacos Islands." New York: J.H. Colton, 1856. 14 1/2 x 11 3/4. Lithograph. With decorative border. Scattered spotting in map with faint water stain upper left hand corner. Paper some what time-toned. Else, fine condition. $185



"Hawaiian Group or Sandwich Islands. New Zealand. FeeJee Islands. Society Islands. Marquesas island. Calapacos Islands." New York: J.H. Colton, 1857. 14 1/2 x 11 3/4. Lithograph. Paper somewhat time-toned. Else, very good condition. {Same map as above, but without decorative border}. $185



Rand McNally 1895 Hawaii
"Hawaii." Chicago: Rand-McNally, 1895. 9 1/2 x 121 3/8. Cerograph. With inset map of Honolulu and western Islands of Niihau and Kauai. Repaired tear just into image. Very good condition. $125



"Hawaii." Chicago: Rand-McNally, 1905. From Atlas of the World. 9 1/2 x 12 3/8. Cerograph. With inset map of Honolulu and inset map of western Islands of Niihau and Kauai. Very good condition. $125



Rand McNally 1920 Hawaii
"Hawaii. Districts, Capes, Points, Islands, Mountains, Towns and Principal Points." Chicago: Rand-McNally, ca. 1920. From Commercial Atlas of the World. 9 3/8x 12 3/8. Cerograph. With inset map of western Islands of Niihau and Kauai,key to Hawaii railroads and inter-island steamship routes. Upper right corner margin chipped. Not affecting image. Very good condition. $125



Cram 1928 Hawaii
"Territory of Hawaii." Chicago: George Cram, 1928. 9 1/4 x 13 7/8. Cerograph. With inset map of Honolulu and Midway Island. Small repaired tear just into map right hand side. Else, very good condition. $125



Fish & Game NJ folding map
Samuel R. Steward and John H. Wright. "Fish and Game Habits. Showing the general distribution of fish and Game - native, introduced and migratory in state of New Jersey." Trenton: Fish and Game Commission, ca. 1940. 38 x 21 1/4. Color printed lithograph. With folds as originally issued. Very good condition.

A wonderful pictorial map depicting all the various animals and fish of the state of New Jersey. The key in the upper left hand corner shows varies ecosystems and also symbols for the particular fish and game found in the state. On the verso is a copious amount of information on the Fish and Game Commission. $275



Parrish: Daybreak
"Daybreak." New York: House of Art, 1923. 17 1/2 x 29 1/2 (sight). Art print (color lithograph) mounted on board as issued, in original period frame. With original publisher label. Series of small vertical spots in middle and right hand side of image. Else, very good condition. Parrish/Ludwig No. 682. Ref: Coy Ludwig, Maxfield Parrish, 1973. $850

Parrish called this work "the great picture." Indeed, the print became wildly popular and became the "the decorating sensation of the decade." Three sizes of the print were originally issued: 6 x 10; 10 x 18 and 18 x 30, of which this example is the largest.

Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966), was born in Philadelphia and educated at Haverford College and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His work is characterized by luminous color (in particular the famous Parrish blue), dramatically heightened landscapes, and attractively androgynous and/or humorous human figures.



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Prints from Albertus Seba's Locupletissimi Rerum Naturalium Thesauri. Amsterdam: J. Wetstenium & Gul. Smith & Janssonio-Waesbergios, 1735. Engravings. Double folio prints: ca. 16 x 21. Folio prints: ca. 16 x 10 1/2. Lovely hand color. Excellent condition.

A series of stunning folio and double folio natural history prints from the early eighteenth century. These prints, made using copper engraving and then hand colored, are the most dramatic natural history prints issued in the eighteenth century. Showing shells, snakes and other subjects, these prints were produced with as much concern for their aesthetic appearance as for their scientific accuracy. Like many others in this field, Seba was a collector of curiosities and these magnificent prints illustrate items from his collection.

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Mrs. Jane Wells Loudon. From The Ladies' Flower-Garden of Ornamental Perennials. London: William Smith, 1843. Quarto. Lithographs by Day & Haghe. With excellent original hand color. Full margins. Fine condition.

A bright and wonderfully decorative set of prints from Mrs. Loudon's famous Ladies' Flower Garden. Designed both as an instructive work to educate the cultured woman and as a visual delight, the prints nicely achieve both aims. Delicately lithographed and cheerfully hand colored, the flowers are arranged in attractive bouquets. These are indeed fine examples of the high quality craft of the nineteenth century.

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From Reichenbachia, Orchids Illustrated and Described. London: Henry Frederick Conrad Sander, 1888-94. Folio. Chromolithographs. Very good condition.

Prints from a magnificent and important authoritative study of orchids. Sander, a well known commercial nurseryman, published this series of botanical prints in response to the growing popularity of orchid plants in Victorian England. Sander employed some of the finest botanical artists of his day. Henry Moon, Walter Hood Fitch, and Loch beautifully captured on paper the detail and color of these exotic plants. All the specimens depicted are life size with analytical drawings of various plant parts. Sander titled his series after Dr. Reichenbach, a German authority on the study of orchids. All in all, one of the best and most colorful series of orchid prints ever produced.

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January 29, 2021

Pearl and L'Esperance
After Robert Dodd. "The Pearl Captn Montague taking the L'Esperance…October 1, 1780." London: John Harris, August 29th, 1782. [restrike 19th century]. 11 3/4 x 17 (image only). Engraving by Peltro. Appears to have been re-engraved 19th century. Partial hand color. Mat burn and time toning in margins outside plate mark, not affecting image. Else, very good condition. With decorative French mat.

This print depicts the naval action between the British ship Pearl and the French privateer L'Esperance off Bermuda on 1 October 1780. The L'Esperance, on the right of the image, appears to have sustained more damage. Her topsail and yard are gone, as is her entire mizenmast. Another small two-masted vessel can be seen in the distance.

This print is a restrike from the original plate. Not only is some of the lettering in the description of the print under the title faint in areas, the image itself appears to have been re-engraved. Otherwise, an excellent example of British naval prints of this period. $350



To Captain Neale
Nicholas Pocock. "To Captain Sir H.B. Neale Bart, of His Majesty's Ship St Fiorenzo the Honble Captain Herbert of the Amelia... This Print representing their Engagement with Three French Frigates & a Gun Vessel aided by a Battery on the Shore, close in with Belleisle April 9th 1799." London: N. Pocock, February 12th, 1801. 16 1/4 x 23 5/8 (image). Aquatint by Robert Pollard. Original hand color. Two old tape stains in top margin not affecting image. Else, very good condition. With decorative French mat.

A view of the action between the British ships St Fiorenzo and Amelia and three French frigates and a gun vessel off Belle Île, April 9th, 1799 during the French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802). On April 9th, 1799, two English ships the HMS St Fiorenzo and HMS Amelia sailed towards Belle Île, an island off the French coast of Brittany. The British vessels encountered the three French frigates. After a nearly two hour engagement, including the French shore batteries, the French broke away to take refuge in French ports.

The artist of this print, Nicholas Pocock (1740-1821), was one of the outstanding marine artists of his day and also made an important contribution to the recording of British naval battles of the early 19th century. The way in which he depicted his subjects reflects his knowledge of how these ships operated at sea. An excellent example of English naval prints of this period. $1,100



memory of Captain Hardinge
After Nicholas Pocock (1740-1821). "To the memory of Captain George Nicholas Hardinge... Actions... with La Piémontaise French Frigate, near the Island of Ceylon, 8 March 1808..." London: N. Pocock, September, 1809. 16 1/4 x 23 3/8 (image). Aquatint. Original hand color. Old mounting glue stain in top margin not affecting image. Else, very good condition. With decorative French mat.

A large and wonderfully detailed naval print showing the conclusion of the battle between the English frigate San Fiorenzo and the French frigate Piémontaise. On 6 March 1808, H.M.S. San Fiorenzo (38-gun; Capt. George Hardinge) came across three small English merchant ships being pursued by the French frigate Piémontaise. The English frigate chased the French frigate for two days and on March 8th the two ships fought a fierce battle with the French ship surrendering. Captain Hardinge was among thirteen dead British, while the French lost forty eight.

The artist of this print, Nicholas Pocock (1740-1821), was one of the outstanding marine artists of his day and also made an important contribution to the recording of British naval battles of the early 19th century. The way in which he depicted his subjects reflects his knowledge of how these ships operated at sea. An excellent example of English naval prints of this period. $1,100



White: Independence Hall
Theo White. "Independence Hall." Lithograph signed in pencil and in the stone. On wove Zonen paper. Full sheet with deckle edge. 24 x 16. $250

Theo Ballou White (1902-1978) was a prolific Philadelphia artist and architect born and trained in Philadelphia, who later worked in Norfolk, Virginia. His lithographs are very much of the urban school style of the 1930s and 1940s producing a number of interesting prints, mostly architectural, from Philadelphia and around the United States.



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Emanuel Sweert (b. 1552). From Florilegium. Amsterdam: Anthony Kempner, 1612. 13 1/4 x 8 1/2 (plate mark). Folio. Engravings. Full hand color. Excellent condition.

"One of the first and most famous . . . of the florilegiums was published in the Netherlands in 1612 by the Dutchman Emmanuel [sic] Sweert. It has no text other than a catalogue of the 'illustrated plants' in Latin, German, French and English." [Lys de Bray: The Art of Botanical Illustration, p. 47]. These beautiful and colorful botanical images are fine examples of the genre of the florilegium. Though much of the information contained in works of this type was not original, the composition of the illustrations is extremely pleasing, and Sweert's work was no exception. Aside from aesthetic merit, this work served also as a sale catalogue, published with notice that plants could be purchased at the author's shop in Frankfurt-am-Main. [Blunt and Stearn: The Art of Botanical Illustration, p. 104] Many of these illustrations were second-generation copies from a 1608 pattern-book for embroidery by Pierre Vallet. Overall, Sweert's florilegium an excellent illustration of seventeenth century intersections between natural history, printmaking, and decorative arts.

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Elizabeth Blackwell. From A Curious Herbal. London, 1737-1739. 11 3/4 x 7 3/4 (plate mark). Folio. Engravings with original hand-coloring. Full margins.

A group of vivacious fruit and flower prints by Elizabeth Blackwell, one of the most famous early eighteenth-century botanical illustrators. Mrs. Blackwell lived a memorable life, having produced her charming Herbal (1737-9) to get her decidedly unpredictable husband out of debtor's prison. As the story goes: "...she took a lodging near the Chelsea Physic Garden and set about making the drawings and engravings which have made her famous. From his prison cell Alexander assisted with the text; and so successful was their joint venture that two years later he was released." (Wilfrid Blunt, Art of Botanical Illustration, p. 136) Unfortunately the story does not end here because Mr. Blackwell was subsequently arrested for treason in Sweden and executed. These appealing prints live on to remind us of Blackwell's remarkable story, as well as existing in their own right as an important part of the herbal tradition being the first English botanical series and the first to be hand colored. They were later reissued by the well-known botanical scholar Christoph Jakob Trew from 1747 to 1773 in Germany. All in all, a charming and fascinating series of botanical prints.

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From Johann Wilhelm Weinmann's Phytanthoza Iconographia Sive Conspectus. Ratisbon: Hieronymum Lenzium, 1739. 12 3/4 x 8 1/2 (plate mark). Etching and mezzotint by Johann J. Haid and Seuter. Printed with colors and finished by hand. Full margins. Very good condition.

These prints are from one of the most diverse and comprehensive series of early fruit and flower prints, issued by Johann Weinmann in the first part of the eighteenth century. The subjects are beautifully drawn and rendered with vivid color. These prints are particularly interesting as early examples of color printing. The copper plate was prepared with etched outlines and mezzotinted interior tones. The images were then printed in color from the plates, and each was delicately finished with hand coloring. A large number of the drawings were done by Georg D. Ehret, one of the greatest eighteenth century botanical artists. This is a famous group of high-quality eighteenth century botanical prints.

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January 27, 2021

Samurai Ichikawa Komazo

Nakamura Konozo Ichikawa Ebizo Otani Oniji II

T. Adachi after Toshusai Sharaku (active 1794-95). From the portfolio Sharaku, Vol. I. Tokyo: T. Adachi, 1940. 13 1/4 x 9 1/4. Color printed wood blocks by Adachi Color Print Studio. Edition: 40. In original paper mats with mounted print label. Reference: Achenback Foundation for Graphic Arts.

Toshusai Sharaku, who specialized in kabuki portraits, was active for only less than a year from 1794 to 1795 issuing about 150 known prints. These prints which were issued in the twentieth century are from a rare two volume set which contained 72 facsimile reproductions individually mounted in protective paper mats with printed identification labels. Adachi was one of the most respected printers of the 20th century. These wood blocks were made using traditional nishiki-e methods, sumptuously done with applied powdered mica using the kira-zuri technique. $375 each


Kitano Shrine Daigo Pagoda

Topi Pagoda Yashaka Shrine

Tomikichiro Tokuriki. (1902-2000). From "The Fifteen View of Kyoto." Ktyoto: Uchida Woodblock Printing Co., ca. 1955. Colored Wood block. Approximately 11 x 10 (sheet). With original paper top mat. Prints hinged at corners right hand side on backing sheet as originally issued. Very good condition unless noted. Except as noted, $275 each





January 23, 2021

Frost: Prairie Chickens
Prints by A.B. Frost. From Shooting Pictures. New York: Charles Scribner & Sons, 1895. All approximately 13 x 20. Chromolithographs by Armstrong & Co, Boston. Very good condition. Bennett: American Color Plate Books, 44.

Shortly after the appearance of the Gould portfolio, a similar portfolio, Shooting Pictures, was issued by Scribner & Sons. It consisted of twelve chromolithographs after Frost. Originally sold by subscription, each of the six parts included two prints and two text sheets. Also included were three pen and ink illustrations of shooting incidents, executed by Frost. The original subscription was limited to 2500 copies, but due to its size and cumbersomeness, many of the portfolios were broken up, the prints often being framed for display. The use of the lighter, French-style of chromolithography enabled the prints to capture the warmth and richness of the original watercolors.

Note that the Frost prints from this series were issued on thick backing boards. Some of the following prints have been removed from this backing board. Enquire for specifics on any particular print.


Prints by A.B. Frost. From The Day's Shooting. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1903. Chromolithographs by the Grignard Litho. Co. Ca. 15 1/2 x 10 1/2.

In the early twentieth century, Charles Scribner's Sons (successor to Scribner & Sons) issued another portfolio of chromolithographs after other Frost images. This portfolio consisted of six chromolithographs that formed pairs, illustrating the very human sporting situations of success and failure.



Mitchell: Philadelphia 1872
S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. "Philadelphia and Camden." Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell Jr., 1872. 14 1/2 x 22. Stone lithograph. Original hand color. Decorative grape vine border. Scattered miniscule spotting in map. Else, very good condition.

At the end of the Civil War, Philadelphia was an impressive urban center, the fourth largest city in the world. Most of its important structures were located in what is now known as "Center City." This clear, colorful map focuses on that section, while including the City of Camden across the Delaware River and the area of West Philadelphia where significant expansion occurred in the 1860s and 70s. With the removal of the University of Pennsylvania from Center City to its present location there, and the preparations for the Centennial celebration in West Fairmount Park, West Philadelphia was quickly becoming urbanized. The map was published by S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., who had taken over his father's firm in 1860, maintaining the company as one of the largest cartographic firms in the world. The map depicts and names streets, rail lines, and major buildings. Each ward is colored in a contrasting pastel shade. $425



Bradley: Philadelphia 1887
"Plan of the City of Philadelphia and Camden." Philadelphia: W.M. Bradley & Bro., 1887. 14 3/4 x 21 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A precisely detailed map from the Philadelphia publishing firm of William M. Bradley & Bro. While Philadelphia was no longer the main center of cartographic publishing in North America by the late nineteenth century, many fine maps were still produced there, as is evidenced by this map. The area depicted extends east to include Camden, New Jersey and west to include Fairmount Park, also indicating the Centennial Grounds. $450








January 22, 2021

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  • William Hogarth. Set of four of prints from "Plates of An Election." London: Hogarth, 1755-58. Each ca. 15 7/8 x 21 1/4. Engraved by Hogarth. Heavy laid paper. Excellent impressions. Generous margins. Old tape residue on verso of top margins all four prints and old tape glue stain just into image at top on "Canvasing for Votes." Staining/soiling in margins outside of plate mark not affecting images. Else, very good condition.

    William Hogarth (1697-1764) is considered by many to be the greatest English caricaturist of all time. He was a perceptive observer and his illustrations of the social and political conduct of his day are fascinating historical documents and humorous depictions of human foibles, which have remained much the same over the last two centuries. Hogarth was a painter of considerable accomplishment but it is for his prints that he is best known.

    Originally, Hogarth sold his prints in his own shop, as well as through other printsellers in London. In the mid-1730s he began also to sell his prints in bound form. Hogarth's fame spread and his popularity grew. However, while his prints sold well, Hogarth was constantly bothered by the sale of cheap copies. In response, he was instrumental in the 1735 passage of the Engravers' Copyright Act, often called "Hogarth's Act," which prohibited the unauthorized copying of a print for fourteen years following its publication. Early in his career, a number of Hogarth's plates were acquired by other printsellers, but most he retained in his possession until his death, leaving them in his will to his widow, Jane Hogarth. Jane continued to issue prints from these plates and she was able to secure an extended copyright of 20 years beginning in 1767. Upon Jane's death in 1789, the plates passed into the possession of printmaker, John Boydell. Boydell reissued the folio twice, and the plates were later acquired by Baldwin, Cradock & Joy in 1818.

    These prints, engraved by Hogarth himself were issued during his lifetime as judged by the state of the printing and the paper. Most of his works were printed after his death as restrikes or reproductions, but these are superb lifetime renderings. $3,600 for the set of four.


    Aveline: Chantilly Fountain

  • Pierre Alexandre Aveline. "Veüe et Perspective de la Grande Cascade de Chantilly." From Engraved Views of Paris . . . Paris, 18th century. Engraving. Ca. 7 3/4 x 12 1/4. Full hand color. Very good condition.

    A lovely print from a series of finely detailed prints of French gardens, fountains and palaces. These prints were drawn and engraved by Pierre Alexandre Aveline (1702-1760). In this series of views, architectural elements, formal gardens, elaborate fountains, and distant nature are rendered with great care and detail. Incidental figures and horses add delight and visual interest. Overall, a charming and important set of prints produced during a great period in French landscape design. $275






    January 13, 2021

    Birch: Centre Square

  • William Russell Birch. "The Water Works, in Centre Square Philadelphia. Drawn, Engraved & Published by W. Birch & Son Neshaminy Ferry." From The City of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania North America. Philadelphia, 1798-1800. Ca. 11 x 13 3/8. First Edition. Engraving. Laid paper. Margins trimmed to plate mark. Bottom right corner of margin expertly filled. Two very small losses of image in trees right hand side. Partial hand color. Very good condition.

    When issued in 1800, William Birch's prints of Philadelphia collectively formed the first series of views of any American city, and as such they are of great historical importance. The superior quality of the work is evidenced in the scope of its conception, the artistic excellence of the prints and their fine execution. The prints provide a unique visual record of Philadelphia at a time when it was the most important and cosmopolitan city in the Western Hemisphere, and for a time was the capital of the newly formed United States. Each print illustrates a scene, focusing on the sophistication of the inhabitants and the stateliness of the homes and public buildings.

    The project of producing this series was carried out entirely in Philadelphia, and while many other individuals were involved, including Birch's son Thomas who provided many of the original drawings, the prints were the work of William Birch himself. He not only conceived and planned the project, but he also drew many of the scenes and did much of the engraving and publishing. $2,200


    Barralet: Centre Square

  • John James Barralet. "View of the Water Works At Centre Square Philadelphia." Philadelphia: H. Quig, ca. 1830+. Fourth state. 11 3/4 x 20 1/8. Stipple by Cornelius Tiebout. Hand color. Several expertly repaired tears in margins with just into image. Else, very good condition. Fowble: 286; Stauffer 3234, Snyder, 110.

    This lovely view of the Centre Square Waterworks was drawn by John James Barralet (ca. 1747-1815), an Irish artist who came to Philadelphia about 1795. Barralet had established a reputation as a landscape and historical artist in Dublin and London. When he first arrived in Philadelphia he was hired as an engraver with Alexander Lawson, and he took up painting scenes in and around Philadelphia. The engraving is by Cornelius Tiebout, who worked in New York, London and finally Philadelphia around 1799. Tiebout was the best of the early, American-born engravers, and this lovely etching is one of his finest works. This is the fourth state of the print, probably issued in the early 1830s. H. Quig acquired Tiebout's plate, and it appears that he added a small figure to the center of the print, perhaps in an attempt to enliven the scene. This figure was crudely engraved, quite out of scale, and so Quig attempted to burnish the image off the plate. This erasure was only partially successful, and so the third and fourth states of the print shows a light ghost image of this unfortunate interloper. The fourth state is distinguished from the third by the appearance of Quig's imprint at the bottom. $975






    January 12, 2021

    Moll America

  • Herman Moll. "A General and Particular Description of America." From The Compleat Geographer. London: A. & J. Church, ca. 1700. 6 3/4 x 7 1/2. Engraving by H. Moll. Water stains and soiling in margins at top and slightly into image at right; worm holes at bottom right. Full sheet lined with archival tissue. Else, good condition. McLaughlin 173.

    Herman Moll was a Dutch émigré to England sometime after 1680, and he soon established his own business in London. Moll became England's most prominent map publisher and engraver, his prolific output covered a wide range from loose maps to atlases. This charming map of North & South America depicts one of the most interesting curiosities of cartographic history, California shown as an island. This cartographic myth first appeared in 1622 and disappeared only after Holy Roman Emperor, Ferdinand VI, stated, in a royal decree of 1747, "California is not an island." Also of interest are the mythical depictions of Manoa (El Dorado) and the "Land of Jesso." Much of the northwest of America is uncharted, and an early depiction of "New Zeeland" is also included. This map shows the prime meridian running through the Canary Islands rather than using a European city as was often the case. An excellent early map, and fine document of the period. $375


    Bellin New England 1762

  • Jacques N. Bellin. "Carte de la Nouvelle Angleterre, Nouvelle Yorck, et Pensilvanie." Engraving. Paris: J.N. Bellin, 1757. 8 x 11 1/2 (neat lines) plus full margins. Two tiny spots in image, else, very good condition. McCorkle, 757.1.

    A well drawn map of the American northeast by Jacques Nicolas Bellin, the Hydrographer to the King of France. From about 1650 to 1750, the French dominated the cartographic world, with their fine, scientifically based maps, elegantly engraved and precisely detailed. Bellin (1703-72) was one of the best in the later period. This map shows the region from Delaware Bay to present-day Maine at the beginning of the French & Indian War. Topography is well presented, with rivers, lakes, and settlements clearly drawn. Of particular note are the indications of the forts that would play such an important role during the war, including Forts Niagara and Owego on Lake Erie, and in the strategic region between the Hudson and Lake Champlain, Forts George, Carillon, Edward, Lyduis, Anne, and Nicolson. Also of interest is the nascent road system. A major road runs along most of the coast, and several branches go inland, including one that lead to York in Pennsylvania and one that goes up the Hudson River to Albany and then up the Mohawk River. $375



    Bonne: Americas 1788

  • Rigobert Bonne. "Mappe-Monde sur le plan d'un Méridien. Hémisphère Occidentale." From Bonne & Desmarest's Atlas Encyclopédique. Paris: Hotel de Thou, 1787-88. 13 1/2 x 9 1/2. Engraving by André. Hand color. Very good condition.

    Rigobert Bonne was the Royal Hydrographer of France, so his primary interest was in marine charts. However, with his Royal connections and access to the cartographic documents in Paris, Bonne was able to compile maps containing some of the most up-to-date information of his time. This map of the Western Hemisphere shows much of both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans as well. Details of the Pacific, including Hawaii, reported from Cook's voyages, and an accurate depiction of NW North America (still hinting at a Northwest passage) is clearly presented, and fascinating to study. In the lower right, the most decorative element is a 16 point compass rose. This is a fine map of the American continents from close to the beginning of U.S. history. $275


    Bonne: Gulf of Mexico

  • Rigobert Bonne. "L'Ancien et le Nouveau Méxique, avec la Floride et la Basse Louisiane, partie Orientale." From Atlas Supplément. Paris: 1787. 13 5/8 x 9 1/4. Engraving by André. Hand color. Very good condition.

    Rigobert Bonne was the Royal Hydrographer of France, so his primary interest was in marine charts. However, with his Royal connections and access to the cartographic documents in Paris, Bonne was able to compile maps containing some of the most up-to-date information of his time. This map of the Western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico shows much detail of the coastlines, all clearly presented, and fascinating to study. This is a fine map of Central America from close to the beginning of U.S. history. $210



  • Jean Janvier. "Les Royaumes d'Espagne et de Portugal divisés par Grandes Provinces." From Atlas Moderne. Paris: Jean Lattré & J. Thomas, 1762. 11 7/8 x 17 1/8. Engraving. Original outline color. A few light spots, else, very good condition.

    Jean Janvier was a French cartographer who worked in Paris in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Among his output were some fine maps which appeared in Jean Lattré's Atlas Moderne. This atlas contained maps of all parts of the world engraved by Lattré, the "Graveur Ordinaire du Roi." Janvier's maps contained the best information available at the time. This map contains information on counties, towns and rivers. This information is neatly engraved and highlighted with lovely hand color. A decorative cartouche graces the map, done in the baroque style. $150



    Carey: North America

  • Mathew Carey. "A New and Accurate Map of North America from the best Authorities." Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1814. 13 3/8 x 14 1/2. Engraving. Original outline color. Full margins. Very good condition.

    An interesting American map of the North America. Published by Mathew Carey in 1814 during the War of 1812, this map is from Carey's Atlas which represented the best American cartographic work of the period. Carey, an Irish immigrant, established the first American specialized cartographic publishing firm. He set up an elaborate cottage system of craftsmen for engraving, printing, and coloring his maps utilizing the best independent artists directed to a common end. Carey is important, then, not only for the excellent maps he produced, but for his setting the pattern for American map publishing, to be followed by the likes of John Melish and Henry S. Tanner.

    The map shows the best understanding of the continent prior to the explorations of Lewis & Clark. The map does show the lands of the Louisiana Purchase as belonging to the United States, with the northwestern most part named as "Quivira." The coastline, though, is quite accurate being based on the recent explorations of Vancouver and La Perouse. The river systems in the west are roughly and incorrectly shown, including the "Columbia or River of the West" extending so that it comes very close to some of the branches of the upper Mississippi. Some of the Indian tribes are noted, including Apacheria, Pimas and Yama. The nature of the Rocky Mountains is clearly not known, with the Canadian chain ending above the "River of the West" and there being only a small compact range near the headwaters of the Rio Grande and Colorado Rivers. An excellent map of the period. $450



    Pinkerton: W Hemisphere

  • L. Hebert. "Western Hemisphere." Drawn by L. Hebert under the direction of Pinkerton. From John Pinkerton's Modern Atlas. Philadelphia: Thomas Dobson & Co., 1818. 20 x 20. Engraving by Samuel Neele. Full original color. Excellent condition.

    Another in the line of superbly produced British maps from the beginning of the nineteenth century. Originally published in London by Cadell & Davis in 1812, the Atlas was republished by Dobson for the American market. Because of its large size, this map contains particularly impressive detail, all very finely engraved and enhanced with light pastel wash color. The map is virtually identical to work engraved by Neele for John Thomson of Edinburgh. $375



    Weiland: North America

  • Carl Ferdinand Weiland. "Nord America entworfen und gezeichnet." Weimar: Geographischen Instituts, 1837. 22 3/4 x 19 3/4. Engraving. Original color. Small smudge in bottom margin. Else, very good condition.

    A large, highly detailed German map of North America. Topography is emphasized by the precise and bold engraving, highlighting the complex ridges and valleys of the Rocky Mountains. Rivers are also shown with some detail; capital cities are noted; and towns are marked according to size (as explained in the key). A color key indicates how to interpret the international borders, with green for Russia lands, red for Danish, yellow for British, red for Danish, pink for the United States, orange for Mexican, green for Guatamalan, and blue for French territories. Since Weiland's 1820 map of North America, the Canadian-American border had become slightly more defined along the 49th parallel, though it still lacked the final delineation, which would be determined by Polk's controversial 1846 compromise with the British. In the lower left hand corner, an inset details the Aleutian Islands. An impressive document both cartographically and aesthetically. $700






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