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Indians of America - Rare Miniature Book from Tom Thumb Series

Ships From: Nashville, TN US

Description: Very rare publication from the Tom Thumb Series, published by Clark, Austin, & Smith, New York, ND (1850s). Illustrated frontispiece and illustrated title page, with dozens of black and white full-age illustrations throughout. Clark, Austin & Smith published several miniature books around the middle of the 19th Century, including "Little Poems for Little People" and "Little History of the United States." These other miniature publications can be found rather easily, whereas "Indians of America" is basically absent from all typical sources. Bound in original publisher's red cloth, with blind-stamped decorations and series name to front and rear covers. Blind-stamped decorations also present along spine. 191 pages, appears to be complete.

Condition Report: Corners of cover boards rubbed, notably the bottom corner of rear board, and wear to spine ends. Original owner's name in period ink on front fly leaf. Text block solid and both cover boards remain attached. Binding is very good for age/size. The pages are clean and unmarked, with a few specific condition issues, including missing top corner of page 11 (see photos), page 161 torn half-height of page near bound side, and dog-eared corners to a handful of pages.

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Price: $125

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19th Century Salesman Sample Bible by The Domestic Bible Publishing Company

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Description: An interesting piece of religious history. Original salesman sample bible published by the Domestic Bible Publishing Company. No date is provided, but it dates to the late 19th Century, most likely the 1880s. It would have originally been owned by a salesman working for the Domestic Bible Publishing Co., who would have carried it with him door to door trying to sell the Bible to families, businesses, and organizations. As a salesman sample copy, the Bible contains a sampling of all the different features available in the different bibles published by the Domestic Bible Publishing Company. The majority of these features are identified in the Bible's title: "The Domestic Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, Together with the Apocrypha, Concordance, and Palms of David in Meter. Translated Out of the Original Tongues; and With All Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. To Which is Added a Profusely Illustrated Pronouncing Dictionary of the Bible, A History of the Books of the Bible, A History of All Religious Sects, Biographies of Eminent Bible Characters, A History of the Coins of the Bible, A Gallery of Scripture Incidents and Illustrations, The Jewish Tabernacle and Priesthood, with Chromatic Plates, the Travels of the Israelites, Christ and Paul, with Colored Maps, the Parables of Our Lord, Also the Proverbs of Solomon, with Many Other Valuable Aids and Elegant Embellishments." The included content from the above sections varies from section to section, with some including only a brief sampling, such as the longer textural sections like the New and Old Testaments, whereas others, such as the more visually appealing sections, include the section nearly in its entirety. Such sections include that on Jewish Priesthood, which contains fine "chromatic plates" or color lithographs (each involving many plate impressions), and the Travels of the Israelites, which contains numerous color maps of the Holy Land. A section illustrated by Doré is also included in its entirety, with about 20 full-page detailed illustrations. There are several other sections containing full-page illustrations, as well as sections with dozens of in-text illustrations, such as those on the Coins of the Bible, the Eminent Bible Characters, the History of Religious Sects, and the Dictionary of the Bible. In addition to the chromolithographs included in the Tabernacle and Priesthood section, several samplings of beautiful full-page color prints are included. These pages are on a thicker card stock-like paper and are of exceptional print quality, likely involving at least ten plate impressions to achieve their vibrant and detailed color. They include a decorated presentation or ownership page and a decorated marriage certificate. Also included are samples of the family history pages and a family photo album page with pockets designed to hold tintype and carte de visite (CDV) photos of family members. In addition to all of the included content described above, the Bible contains small pink slips that are inserted throughout the various sections. These pink slips contain text written by the publisher, which are intended to aid the salesman in selling the different sections. The Bibles were designed such that a family could purchase different baseline models, similar to the way cars are purchased today, but these baseline models could then be upgraded to include additional content. Therefore, the salesman's main task was to sell the different extra sections, such as those with the color plates or the Doré engravings. In addition, the sample Bible contains all of the different binding options available to the buyer. In lieu of having a plain blank backside, the back contains a second design option for the front cover. A third option, which is also full leather, but has shallow embossed decorations rather than the deep tooling on the front and rear options, can be found inside the rear cover. The adjacent pages inside both the front and rear covers also contain samples of all three available designs for along the spine of the Bible. The spine on the sample Bible is a blank spine of an interesting rubbery material allowing for the Bible to be continuously handled by the salesman and/or potential customers without risk of damage.

Condition Report: Very good given its original intended use. The front cover is in excellent condition, as are the spine designs and the third cover option inside the rear. The rear cover option is the only portion of the Bible that shows any substantial wear, and this is in the form of surface wear to the leather and the gold gilding. As described above, the spine consists of an unusual almost rubbery material and remains in great condition. The binding is also sound, with both cover boards and all pages securely attached. It can be easily flipped through without risk of damage. The interior pages are clean and unmarked throughout, with vibrant color illustrations. The only interior wear includes a tear to one of the pink salesman slips and damage to the fold-out panoramic view of the Holy Land.

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Price: $225

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Half-Plate Daguerreotype of a Young Man with Arm Around His Wife

Ships From: Nashville, TN US

Description: Excellent half plate daguerreotype of a handsome young couple. The young man with his arm around his (likely new) wife. Although it may not seem like much today, his manner of embracing the young lady was quite uncommon for the time. The couple is well dressed and gold gilding was hand applied to much of their jewelry. The beautiful young lady has her hair wrapped up in a braid and is wearing a very large brooch around her neck. The young man appears to have a lazy eye and has an excellent casual look to him. The young couple was well lit, with the reflectors and/or mirrors slightly more directed at the gent. The daguerreian was able to achieve an excellent holographic affect, with the image having nice depth. The daguerreian was also able to achieve a nice range of tones, with subtle hand tinting applied to the couple's cheeks. The image is housed in beautiful wood and embossed leather case, with a plain brass mat, protective glass cover plate, and perimeter brass preserver. The case has a vibrant red felt pad and an uncommon embossed design on the front and rear exterior panels. It has a working leather hinge and two functional metal closing clasps.

Condition Report: Very good overall, including both the image and the case. A couple surface conditions affect the plate in the background area of the couple's portrait, which include light vertical swipes to the right of the young lady and some minor localized tarnish spots. The bit of dust under the glass is unrelated to the plate.

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Price: $450

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1847 Phelps' Ornamental Map of the United States and Mexico

Ships From: Nashville, TN US

Description: Phelps' 1847 "Ornamental Map Of The United States And Mexico." This large broadside map was published by Phelps, Ensigns & Thayer in New York around the end of the Mexican-American War. The map's bright hand coloring and elaborate decorations were designed to attract attention, while its details and text served as propaganda supporting the results of the Mexican-American War. It highlights the history and relationship of the United States and Mexico as seen through the eyes of American Manifest Destiny. Intended to both educate US citizens and generate excitement around westward expansion, it includes a large central map surrounded by decorations (including illustrations of famous persons such as Washington and Cortez, etc.) and statistical/informative text. The central map shows the political boundaries of the United States and Mexico delineated by different colors. The new and enlarged state of Texas, as well as newly acquired areas of Oregon Territory and Upper California/New Mexico are separately colored to help show the reader their location and significance. The proposed route of the transcontinental "Great Oregon Rail Road" is brightly highlighted between NYC and Oregon City. Above the map is the decorated title, as well as a portrait of Washington centered between portraits of Cortez and Montezuma. Below the map there is a series of five illustrations, with The Temple of the Sun (noted to have been destroyed by Cortez in 1521) in the center, and US Seal/General (Zachary Taylor) to one side and Mexican Seal/General (Santa Anna) to the other. Along the bottom of the broadside, there is a substantial amount of text grouped into five sections. The first section, located below the US Seal, provides a historical timeline of the United States. The second section, located below Taylor, discusses the new land of Oregon and its benefits to US trade by creating a new trade route between China and Europe (across the United States). The central section provides a brief history of the Temple of the Sun, as well as a historical timeline pertaining to Cortez's conquest of Mexico. The fourth section, below Santa Anna, discusses the benefits of the newly acquired Upper California like fertile soil and copper/gold/silver mines. The last section, located below the Seal of Mexico, provides Mexico's historic timeline. The theme of Manifest Destiny is present throughout the text of almost all five sections.

Condition Report: The map has a several inch long closed tear that originates at the bottom edge and extends upwards, as well as several marginal chips along the right side (two of which just enter the printed border area), all of which have been repaired on verso. The repair work was well executed and included restoration of the printed border area in the two sections of original loss (one about a quarter-inch into the border at the right margin and one about a half inch into the border/corner at the bottom right - see photos five and six). There is a slight waviness of the paper to a portion located in the bottom third of the map visible in the photos. The entire map has been backed with linen.

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Price: $1,500

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1881 Gray's Geological Map of the United States

Ships From: Nashville, TN US

Description: Large hand-colored geological map of the United States, prepared by Dr. Charles H. Hitchcock, professor of geology at Dartmouth College. A rather detailed geological map, with nine classifications represented by the different colors. Published by O.W. Gray & Son, Philadelphia: 1881.

Condition Report: Very good. Clean and unmarked, with full margins and original hand color.

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1881 Gray'€™s New Map of Louisiana

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Description: Large detailed map from "The National Atlas, containing Elaborate Topographical Maps of the United States and the Dominion of Canada, with Plans of Cities and General Maps of the World," published by O.W. Gray & Son, Philadelphia: 1881. Includes two large inset maps, including an uncommon map showing the "Passes of the Mississippi River," and a large map of the City of New Orleans. Attractive original hand coloring of different political boundaries, including pastel-shaded counties/townships and vibrant highlights along state borders.

Condition Report: Very good. Clean and unmarked, with full margins and original hand color.

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1864 Johnson'€™s New Map of the State of Texas

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Description: Large folio map from "Johnson'€™s New Illustrated Family Atlas," published by A.J. Johnson & Ward, New York: 1864. Includes inset maps of the "Northern part of Texas," Sabine Lake, and Galveston Bay. In the style of Johnson, the map includes extensive topographic and political detail, as well as other less common cartographic features, such as the routes of numerous railway systems and even the U.S. mail route across the state. Johnson based the map of an earlier (1855) map of Texas by Colton. Attractive hand coloring delineates the political boundaries of adjacent counties, and the western counties of El Paso, Presidio and Behar still remain interesting with their enormous size occupying nearly a quarter of the state's land area. The map is a perfect example of Johnson cartography.

Condition Report: Very good. Clean and unmarked, with full margins and original hand color.

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1850 Cowperthwait Map of North Carolina with Inset of GOLD Region

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Description: "A New Map of North Carolina With Its Canals, Roads & Distances From Place to Place Along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes," published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., Philadelphia: 1851. Beautiful pre-Civil War hand-colored map, with detailed insets of Craven/Jones Counties and the North Carolina Gold Region, as well as an elevation detail of the Dismal Swamp Canal. Green and pink decorative border detail, with fine hand coloring of the different counties, railways, etc.

Condition Report: Very good. Light margin staining at upper right. Otherwise, clean and unmarked, with slightly trimmed margins and original hand color.

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Price: $250

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1881 Gray's New Map of Texas and Indian Territory

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Description: Large detailed map from "The National Atlas, containing Elaborate Topographical Maps of the United States and the Dominion of Canada, with Plans of Cities and General Maps of the World," published by O.W. Gray & Son, Philadelphia: 1881. Exceptionally detailed with many inset maps, including a rather unique inset of a Hypsometric Sketch of Texas and the Indian Territory. Other inset maps include The Entrance to Matagorda Bay, The City of Austin, The Southern Part of Texas, The City of Galveston, The Entrance to Galveston Bay, and The River Systems of Texas and The Indian Territory. Attractive original hand coloring of different political boundaries, including pastel-shaded counties/townships and vibrant highlights along state borders.

Condition Report: Very good. Clean and unmarked, with full margins and original hand color.

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Price: $375

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Tustennuggee Emathla or Jim Boy Hand-Colored Lithograph, History of the North American Indian

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Description: Tustennuggee Emathla or Jim Boy, A Creek Chief. Original print from the folio edition of McKenney & Hall's History of the Indian Tribes of North America, 1836-1844. Published by F.W. Greenough, Philadelphia: 1938. Drawn, printed, & colored at I.T. Bowen's Lithographic Establishment, after original oil painting by Charles Bird King.

Condition Report: Very faint offsetting, represented accurately by photos. Else good, with full margins and attractive original hand color

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Price: $1,200

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Waemboeshkaa Hand-Colored Lithograph, History of the North American Indian

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Description: Waemboeshkaa, A Chippeway Chief. Original print from the folio edition of McKenney & Hall's History of the Indian Tribes of North America, 1836-1844. Published by F.W. Greenough, Philadelphia: 1938. Drawn, printed, & colored at I.T. Bowen's Lithographic Establishment, after original oil painting by Charles Bird King.

Condition Report: There is a soft crease in the upper right corner that does not affect printed area. Else good, with full margins and attractive original hand color

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Price: $1,000

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Caatousee Hand-Colored Lithograph, History of the North American Indian

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Description: Caatousee, An Ojibway. Original print from the folio edition of McKenney & Hall's History of the Indian Tribes of North America, 1836-1844. Published by F.W. Greenough, Philadelphia: 1838. Drawn, printed, & colored at I.T. Bowen's Lithographic Establishment.

Condition Report: Very good, with full margins and attractive hand color

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The Jaguar - Plate CI, Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America

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Description: Plate CI from the second Octavo Edition of The Quadrupeds of North America by John James Audubon, F.R.S., and The Rev. John Bachman, D.D. The vibrant coloring and deviation from the typical look of North American quadrupeds has made the Jaguar one of the most sought after prints from the series. The Quadrupeds of North America was Audubon's last major work before his passing. Several of the original paintings, including this one of the Jaguar, were actually completed by his son, John Woodhouse Audubon. Like Audubon's earlier and more famous work, The Birds of America, Quadrupeds was first published in a folio edition, then later in the octavo edition, making it more available to the general public. This print is Plate CI from the second octavo edition published by V.G. Audubon in New York, 1852-54. It was first drawn from nature by J.W. Audubon, then transferred to stone by W.E. Hitchcock. The plate was printed and hand-colored by J.T. Bowen in Philadelphia.

Condition Report: The print was irregularly extracted along the original bound edge and shows wear to the paper edge at two of the corners (the price was adjusted accordingly). The condition of the printed area is very good. Clean and unmarked, with attractive original hand color

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The California Hare - Plate CXII, Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America

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Description: Plate CXII from the second Octavo Edition of The Quadrupeds of North America by John James Audubon, F.R.S., and The Rev. John Bachman, D.D. A sought-after print from the series, Plate CXII was drawn with a simple cacti background, diverting all attention to the large alert ears and mesmerizing eyes of the California Hare. The Quadrupeds of North America was Audubon's last major work before his passing. Several of the original paintings, including this one of the Jaguar, were actually completed by his son, John Woodhouse Audubon. Like Audubon's earlier and more famous work, The Birds of America, Quadrupeds was first published in a folio edition, then later in the octavo edition, making it more available to the general public. This print is Plate CI from the second octavo edition published by V.G. Audubon in New York, 1852-54. It was first drawn from nature by J.W. Audubon, then transferred to stone by W.E. Hitchcock. The plate was printed and hand-colored by J.T. Bowen in Philadelphia.

Condition Report: Very good, full margins and attractive original hand color

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Canada Otter - Plate CXXII Matted, Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America

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Description: Plate CXLVI from the second Octavo Edition of The Quadrupeds of North America by John James Audubon, F.R.S., and The Rev. John Bachman, D.D. Between the dark green of the grass and browns of the Canada Otter's fur coat, Plate CXLVI is a perfect example of how Audubon became the most recognized natural history artists of the 19th century. The Quadrupeds of North America was Audubon's last major work before his passing. Several of the original paintings, including this one of the Jaguar, were actually completed by his son, John Woodhouse Audubon. Like Audubon's earlier and more famous work, The Birds of America, Quadrupeds was first published in a folio edition, then later in the octavo edition, making it more available to the general public. This print is Plate CXLVI from the second octavo edition published by V.G. Audubon in New York, 1852-54. It was first drawn from nature by J.W. Audubon, then transferred to stone by W.E. Hitchcock. The plate was printed and hand-colored by J.T. Bowen in Philadelphia. The print is double-matted with a brown mat on the bottom and off-white mat on the top. All of the matting materials are acid-free and the assembly is backed with foam board.

Condition Report: Very good, full margins and attractive original hand color. New acid-free mat boards

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Oregon Flying Squirrel - Plate XV Matted, Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America

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Description: Plate XV from the Royal Octavo Edition of The Quadrupeds of North America by John James Audubon, F.R.S., and The Rev. John Bachman, D.D. The Oregon Flying Squirrel is depicted with excellent detail in this first octavo edition print. The Quadrupeds of North America was Audubon's last major work before his passing. Several of the original paintings, including this one of the Jaguar, were actually completed by his son, John Woodhouse Audubon. Like Audubon's earlier and more famous work, The Birds of America, Quadrupeds was first published in a folio edition, then later in the octavo edition, making it more available to the general public. This print is Plate XV from the Royal Octavo edition published by V.G. Audubon in New York, 1849. It was first drawn from nature by J.J. Audubon, then transferred to stone by R. Trembly. The plate was printed (lithographed) by Nagel & Weingaertner of New York, and then hand-colored by J. Lawrence. The print is double-matted with a black mat on the bottom and off-white mat on the top. All of the matting materials are acid-free and the assembly is backed with foam board.

Condition Report: Very good, full margins and attractive original hand color. New acid-free mat boards

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Fine Half-Plate Ambrotype in Brady-Style Case

Ships From: Nashville, TN US

Description: Half-plate Cuttings-Patent style ambrotype, with the image sealed and protected between between two plates of glass (the perimeter paper seal remains largely intact). The image is of a well-dressed man with a comfortable, even confident presence in front of the camera. Sitting with his arms crossed, the man stares directly into the lens of the camera. The image is housed in a Brady-style double-hinging case. The case is not original to the ambrotype, which was originally acquired uncased, but appropriately pairs with it as only Cuttings Patent style ambrotypes allow for double-sided viewing. The end product is an incredibly sharp portrait that can be viewed from either side. This is provided by the unique design of the case, which holds the image in a central chamber that can be accessed from either side. Brass mats of a similar profile are situated on both sides of the image and plain black felt adorns the inside of both case covers. By providing black felt against both sides of the ambrotype, a positive image is created with either side of the case is opened to view the ambrotype. This provides both the traditional laterally flipped view of the man, as well as the laterally correct.

Condition Report: The ambrotype is in excellent condition. The case shows some minor wear and has a restored working hinge.

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Price: $300

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The Violet Parrot by Fawcett, W.T. Greene's Parrots in Captivity

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Description: Dusky or Violet Parrot of South America. Chromoxylograph (color wood engraving) by Benjamin Fawcett, after original drawing by Alexander Francis Lydon. From W.T. Greene's "Parrots in a Captivity," published by George Bell & Sons, London: 1884. Fawcett's relatively little-known technique of color wood engraving produced a uniquely attractive color print, different in appearance than both prints produced through color lithography and the hand-coloring of steel/copper engravings. This particular print of the "Dusky" or Violet parrot is a fine example of Fawcett's ability to execute this unique printing style. We have triple-matted the print with complimentary colors using acid-free materials. The whole assembly is backed with foam board and is ready for framing.

Condition Report: Very good, clean and unmarked with vibrant original hand color. New acid-free mat boards

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The Red Lory - Plate IX by JG Keulemans, 1896 Monograph of the Lories

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Description: The Red Lory - Eos Rubra. Plate IX from St. George Jackson Mivart's " A Monograph of the Lories, or Brush-tongued Parrots, composing the Family Loriidae." Published by R.H. Porter in London, 1896, the monograph contained 61 quarto-size plates by artist and lithographer, John Gerrard Keulemans. JG Keulemans was one of the most sought-after bird artist in Europe during the late 19th Century. He was also unique in that he was also a skilled lithographer, often allowing him to transfer his own drawings to stone for printing. Most natural history artists at the time, including Audubon and others, would provide the original artwork and a separate lithographer would then transfer their work to stone for printing. Keulemans' ability to both create and transfer his work resulted in a detailed depiction of the Red Lory with remarkably vibrant color. The 1896 edition of Mivart's monograph was the first and only printing, with a run limited to only 250 copies. The print has been double-matted using archival materials. The bottom mat is a matching red color, the top mat is a textured off-white, and the whole assembly is backed with foam board and ready for framing.

Condition Report: The a localized chip at the bottom left corner shown in the photo of the print's backside. There is an old pencil notation in the top margin at the paper edge as well as an inch-long ink notation in the bottom margin, also at the paper bottom edge. Neither affect the printed area, which remains in good condition with vibrant original color. Newly matted using acid free materials.

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The Plain Lory - Plate XLII by JG Keulemans, 1896 Monograph of the Lories

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Description: The Plain Lory - Psitteuteles Euteles. Plate XLII from St. George Jackson Mivart's " A Monograph of the Lories, or Brush-tongued Parrots, composing the Family Loriidae." Published by R.H. Porter in London, 1896, the monograph contained 61 quarto-size plates by artist and lithographer, John Gerrard Keulemans. JG Keulemans was one of the most sought-after bird artist in Europe during the late 19th Century. He was also unique in that he was also a skilled lithographer, often allowing him to transfer his own drawings to stone for printing. Most natural history artists at the time, including Audubon and others, would provide the original artwork and a separate lithographer would then transfer their work to stone for printing. Keulemans' ability to both create and transfer his work resulted in detailed depictions of the Plain Lory with remarkably vibrant color. The 1896 edition of Mivart's monograph was the first and only printing, with a run limited to only 250 copies. The print has been double-matted using archival materials. The bottom mat is a matching green color, the top mat is a textured off-white, and the whole assembly is backed with foam board and ready for framing.

Condition Report: There is a faint surface mark near the middle along the left side at the mat edge, as shown in the 4th photo. Otherwise , very good with vibrant original color. Newly matted using acid free materials.

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The Yellow and Green Lory - Plate XL by JG Keulemans, 1896 Monograph of the Lories

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Description: The Yellow and Green Lory - Psitteuteles Flavoviridis. Plate XL from St. George Jackson Mivart's " A Monograph of the Lories, or Brush-tongued Parrots, composing the Family Loriidae." Published by R.H. Porter in London, 1896, the monograph contained 61 quarto-size plates by artist and lithographer, John Gerrard Keulemans. JG Keulemans was one of the most sought-after bird artist in Europe during the late 19th Century. He was also unique in that he was also a skilled lithographer, often allowing him to transfer his own drawings to stone for printing. Most natural history artists at the time, including Audubon and others, would provide the original artwork and a separate lithographer would then transfer their work to stone for printing. Keulemans' ability to both create and transfer his work resulted in detailed depictions of the Yellow and Green Lory with remarkably vibrant color. The 1896 edition of Mivart's monograph was the first and only printing, with a run limited to only 250 copies. The print has been double-matted using archival materials. The bottom mat is a matching dark green color, the top mat is a textured off-white, and the whole assembly is backed with foam board and ready for framing.

Condition Report: There is a localized chip at the bottom right corner, as well as some surface residue in the bottom margin near the center. Neither condition affect the printed area, which is in good condition with vibrant color. Newly matted using acid free materials.

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Price: $350

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Meyer's Lory & The Lory of Bonthain - Plate XLI by JG Keulemans,1896 Monograph of the Lories

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Description: 1. Meyer's Lory - Psitteuteles Meyer & 2.3. The Lory of Bonthain - Psitteuteles Bonthainensis. Plate XLI from St. George Jackson Mivart's " A Monograph of the Lories, or Brush-tongued Parrots, composing the Family Loriidae." Published by R.H. Porter in London, 1896, the monograph contained 61 quarto-size plates by artist and lithographer, John Gerrard Keulemans. JG Keulemans was one of the most sought-after bird artist in Europe during the late 19th Century. He was also unique in that he was also a skilled lithographer, often allowing him to transfer his own drawings to stone for printing. Most natural history artists at the time, including Audubon and others, would provide the original artwork and a separate lithographer would then transfer their work to stone for printing. Keulemans' ability to both create and transfer his work resulted in detailed depictions of the Meyer's Lory and the Lory of Bonthain, both having remarkably vibrant color. The 1896 edition of Mivart's monograph was the first and only printing, with a run limited to only 250 copies. The print has been double-matted using archival materials. The bottom mat is a matching red color, the top mat is a textured off-white, and the whole assembly is backed with foam board and ready for framing.

Condition Report: Very good, full margins and attractive original hand color. New acid-free mat boards

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Price: $475

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Verreaux'€™s Lory - Plate XXXVI by JG Keulemans, 1896 Monograph of the Lories

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Description: Verreaux's Lory - Trichoglussus Verrauxius. 1. Paris Museum type & 2. British Museum type. Plate XXXVI from St. George Jackson Mivart's " A Monograph of the Lories, or Brush-tongued Parrots, composing the Family Loriidae." Published by R.H. Porter in London, 1896, the monograph contained 61 quarto-size plates by artist and lithographer, John Gerrard Keulemans. JG Keulemans was one of the most sought-after bird artist in Europe during the late 19th Century. He was also unique in that he was also a skilled lithographer, often allowing him to transfer his own drawings to stone for printing. Most natural history artists at the time, including Audubon and others, would provide the original artwork and a separate lithographer would then transfer their work to stone for printing. Keulemans' ability to both create and transfer his work resulted in detailed depictions of The Plain Lory with remarkably vibrant color. The 1896 edition of Mivart's monograph was the first and only printing, with a run limited to only 250 copies. The print has been double-matted using archival materials. The bottom mat is a matching red color, the top mat is a textured off-white, and the whole assembly is backed with foam board and ready for framing.

Condition Report: There is a split crease through the upper left corner, which is visible as matted and shown in the 4th photograph. Otherwise, very good with vibrant original color.

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Rare Half-Plate Daguerreotype of 22nd NY Regiment Soldier and Mason

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Description: Very rare pre-Civil War daguerreotype of two gentlemen in uniform. The image was resealed with archival tape when we originally acquired it. Written on the tape on the backside of the plate is "22nd NY Reg." This refers to the man on the left, who looks sharp in his formal uniform. His hat bears the 22nd Infantry emblem and he holds the top end of his rifle like a cane at his side. His jacket has two rows of buttons, which have been hand-painted gold along with other details of his uniform. The man on the right is wearing a Masonic uniform, which has been elaborately hand-gilded. Several details of the man's outfit are notable, including the letter 'G' around his chest. The image is housed in a full wood and embossed leather case, with a plain brass mat, protective glass cover plate, and perimeter brass preserver. The case has a reinforced working hinge and a functional metal closing clasp.

Condition Report: There are some surface issues, which primarily relate to issues with the original hand coloring/gilding. There does not appear to be substantial damage to the plate itself, and the image quality is actually pretty sharp. Given the uncommon nature of the subject matter, it may be possible and worthwhile to have the surface-applied coloring issues addressed via professional restoration. The case is in nice condition as shown in the photos.

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1880 Anatomical Fold-Out:  Atlas of The Human Body, Large Folio by Witkowski

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Description: Extremely rare first edition anatomical atlas of the Human Body (Neck and Trunk), featuring movable superimposed colored plates showing the positions of the internal organs. Designed and created by professor G.J. Witkowski, M.D., with the text translated into English by Robert Hunter Semple, M.D.F.R.C.P. Published by Bailliere, Tindall, and Cox, London: 1880. Original bookstore plate on front cover notes that the publication was originally "bought of P. Blakiston's Son & Co. Medical Booksellers, No. 1012 Walnut Street, London. The model is stored between the two original cover boards, the front of which contains the title and other relevant information. The cover boards are bound together with dark cloth along the spine. The original prints (plates) are high-quality vibrant color Lithograph positioned in such a manner to as allow users to move and/reposition the various layers as they explore deeper into the body. The different layers show substantial detail with respect to human anatomy.

Condition Report: Quality condition for age and original intended use. The coloring is vibrant and all of the plates appear to be present and intact. Archival tape has been applied to the backside of a couple plates to reinforce bends and/or repair minor tares. This only pertains to a couple of the diagram's dozens & dozens of movable plate prints. The movable plates all remain in place and functional. Overall, very nice condition.

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1880 Anatomical Fold-Out:  The Skeletal System, Large Folio by Witkowski

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Description: Extremely rare first edition anatomical atlas of the Human Body (Bones and Ligaments), featuring movable superimposed colored plates showing the skeleton and its articulations. Designed and created by professor G.J. Witkowski, M.D., with the text translated into English by Arthur Thehern Norton, F.R.C.S. Published by Bailliere, Tindall, and Cox, London: 1880. Original bookstore plate on front cover notes that the publication was originally "Bought of P. Blakiston's Son & Co. Medical Booksellers, No. 1012 Walnut Street, Philadelphia." The model is stored against the inside face of the original cover boards, the front of which contains the title and other relevant information. The cover boards are bound with a dark cloth spine, which has fully separated. The original prints (plates) are high-quality vibrant color lithographs positioned in such a manner to as allow users to move and/reposition the various layers as they explore deeper into the bones and ligaments. The different layers show substantial detail with respect to human skeletal system.

Condition Report: Very nice condition for age and original use as an educational movable atlas. The coloring is vibrant and all of the plates appear to be present and intact. Archival tape has been applied to the backside of a couple plates to reinforce bends and/or repair minor tares. This only pertains to a couple of the diagrams' dozens & dozens of movable plates. The original cloth spine attaching the two cover boards is split along its full length. This can be restored with a replacement spine using matching period materials for an additional cost.

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19th Century Eckel's Anatomical Aid - A Guide for Embalming

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Description: Anatomical aid published by H. S. Eckels in Philadelphia, PA, early 1900s. Large hardbound portfolio consisting of a complete set of color plates, many including numerous movable layers, designed to assist one in the embalming process. All of the pages and individual fold-out color plates are backed on heavy linen, which are either hinges into the hardbound case (the pages) or into reinforced pages (the moveable plates). The portfolio is complete as issued and includes a detailed model of the human body with over 20 individual moving plates, as well as a separate models of the human head, the eye, the ear, the arm, and the leg. In addition are over ten full-page plates showing the complete arterial system, and many other details of particular interest to the embalmer. The layers of the moveable models are held down by small metal hinges, which remain intact and functional.

Condition Report: The portfolio's original cover flap piece is detached and missing. Otherwise, the anatomical aid is complete and in fine condition. All of the pages are clean and fully intact, with the little evidence of use overall. Pencil notations identify various body parts/functions on select pages.

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1846 Scriptural Autograph Album with Hand-Colored Floral Illustrations

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Description: Beautiful hand-written autograph album given to Catherine Matilda Baker by her brother for Christmas 1846. Throughout 1847 she and her friends and relatives wrote poems and notes on its pages (10 inscriptions total). Many of the pages are still blank, including some of the religious illustrations included by the publisher. A unique and personal book from 170 years ago. Published by J.C. Riker, New York. Bound in red leather with gilt-stamped decorations throughout the front cover and spine. All three edges finished in gilt. Includes many pages decorated with floral illustrations, several of which have been hand-colored.

Condition Report: Some wear to corners of cover boards and spine ends, but minor given age and binding finish. Spine is intact, boards are attached, and gilding is still vibrant. Some stains on left side of back cover (possibly ink drops). No foxing present on pages, which have a nice patina.

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1881 Museum of Antiquity, Pristine Decoratively Bound Book with Engraved Illustrations

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Description: Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life: The Employments, Amusements, Customs and Habits, The Cities, Palaces, Monuments and Tomes, The Literature and Fine Arts of 3,000 Years Age by L.W. Yaggy, M.S., and T.L. Haines, A.M. Published by Standard Publishing House, New York: 1881. 

In its original publisher’s binding, consisting of quarter-leather over brown cloth covered boards with leather corners. Title and author information is gilt-stamped along the front cover and spine. Engraved illustrated frontispiece with many full-page engravings and in-text illustrations throughout. Beautiful marbled end papers, with marbling along all three page edges. A rare book of antiquity in exceptional condition.

Condition Report: Excellent for age. Cover boards are sound, binding is tight, and there is little to no exterior wear. Interior pages are clean and unmarked. An exceptional copy.

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1862 National Portrait Gallery of Eminent Americans, Two-Volume Set Bound in Full Leather

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Description: Published by Johnson Fry & Company, New York; 1862. Two-volume set beautifully bound in full Morocco with tooled leather decorations and gilded titling on front board and spine. Spine has raised bands, which create five sections. Gold gilded edge paper all around. Both volumes include an illustrated front piece before title page. Volume 1 also includes an additional illustrated title page pertaining to the two-volume set. Both volumes are filled with full-page portraits of American orators, statesmen, military heroes, authors, presidents, etc. Nicely detailed prints from engravings of original paintings by Alonzo Chappel. Includes portraits of Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Webster, and many others. Each portrait contains a facsimile signatures of the figure below it, followed by a couple-page biography by Evert A. Duyckinck. There are over 100 full-page engravings between both books, including 57 in Vol 1 and 62 in Vol 2. Additional photos will gladly be sent upon request.

Condition Report: Nice condition for age, with some rubbing to corners and edges of the cover boards, as well as wear to the spine ends. Separation of the rear board has began on volume one, but all front and rear covers remain attached. Pages are generally clean and unmarked with the exception of some light foxing on select pages. All of the engravings remain protected by tissue guards.

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Rare 1881 Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, Illustrated 3-Volume Set

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Description: Extremely rare three-volume 4to-sized unabridged edition of Webster's dictionary. Bound in brown cloth-covered boards with blind-stamped decorations to the front and rear covers. Title and volume information in gilt along the spines. Excellent illustrated end paper advertisements. Published in 1881 by G. & C. Merriam (Boston, Mass.), it is a revised and enlarged edition of Webster's New Dictionary of the English Language originally published in 1847. This original publication date and the subsequent revision dates are noted on the backside of the title page of volume one. Given the three-volume publication of this dictionary, there are several illustrated frontispieces, including an engraved portrait of Noah Webster, an illustration of Webster working on the dictionary, and a color lithograph of the flags of the world’s countries. As an unabridged edition, the three-volume dictionary covers everything published by Webster and is heavily illustrated throughout. In addition to its rarity, this large dictionary set’s defining feature includes an over 50-page section of classified illustrations located at the end of Volume 3. This section contains all of the engraved illustrations found throughout the text in a reorganized classified format. As a result, the majority of the illustrations found throughout the set were actually printed twice, including both in the text and at this rear classified section. The in-text illustrations can be found throughout all three volumes, where there are also a couple full-page color lithographs. The classified illustrations at the end of Volume 3 were printed on heavier, high-quality paper.

Condition Report: Very nice condition for age and original intended use. There is some wear to the corners and edges of the cover boards, as well as to the spine ends (most notably to the top of Vol. 2), but the exteriors are generally in very good condition for their age. Some cracking of the cover boards has occurred, but they all remain fully attached with very little separation at the hinges. The interior pages remain in excellent condition. The pages are clean and unmarked and the paper remains sound and pliable.

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Appleton's 1873-75 Premium Edition of The American Cyclopaedia - 17 Vol Bound in Full Leather

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Description: Rare "Premium Edition" of Appleton's American Cyclopaedia. Complete in seventeen volumes (16 plus separate Index volume) beautifully bound in full leather with raised bands and gilt-stamped decorations. Edited by George Ripley and Charles A. Dana. Published by D. Appleton Company, New York, between 1873 and 1875, as an American-edited competitor to the Encyclopedia Britannica. It was originally sold via subscription, with new volumes being published and distributed periodically beginning in 1873. Subscribers of the American Cyclopedia had the option of selecting one of four different binding styles, including cloth, quarter leather, half leather, and premium full leather with marbled end papers. This set is bound in the premium full moroccan leather with marbled end papers. Given its high price tag relative to the other finish options, the premium edition was rarely published by Appleton. Complete sets of Appleton's American Cyclopedia are rare in any binding finish (we also have a complete 1/4-bound leather set available upon request), complete premium bound sets are exceptionally rare. The front and rear boards of each volume have a tooled, gilt-stamped border decoration. Raised bands form six sections along the spines, with title and volume information in sections two and four. Beautifully marbled end papers and centerfold color maps can be found throughout each of the sixteen volumes. Profusely illustrated with black and white engravings throughout the text (thousands of in-text illustrations). An all around gorgeous and complete set of a scarce 19th century American encyclopedia. Additional photos are available upon request.

Condition Report: Pages are clean and unmarked throughout all volumes. Very limited use and handling. Strong original imprints and vibrant color maps throughout. The full leather finish has been well cared for and maintained during its lifetime.

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1857 Wall Map - Mitchell's New National Map Showing the United States & Etc.

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Description: An exceptionally well maintained and preserved wall map originally published by Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Jr., Philadelphia:1857. Originally drawn and lithographed by W. Williams. There is some slight horizontal splitting in the proximity of the upper floral border, but the condition has not resulted in any loss or notable damage to the finish surface of the map. The original hand coloring remains vibrant and the condition and overall appearance of the map is simply wonderful. Originally issued as a wall map backed on linen and mounted on wood dowels, it is the first edition of Mitchell’s “New National Map.” Published by S.A. Mitchell, Jr., the map is an impressive display of both American cartography and 19th century lithography. Bearing the responsibility of continuing the family legacy, Mitchell, Jr., and his New National Map do not disappoint. When the map was originally published in 1857, Mitchell was a well-known and respected name in the map making business. The was due largely to S.A. Mitchell, Sr., who founded the Mitchell company and spent several decades publishing pocket maps, atlases, and wall maps. What makes this map so interesting is the contrast in development between the eastern and western United States. The eastern U.S. is densely packed with multi-colored counties, railway lines, and roads, whereas the western U.S. consists of no more than handful of Territories, some a single color with no additional political boundaries and bisected by a single transportation route. The map shows the area of land recently acquired through the Mexican-American war and Gadsden Purchase, which is shown as being part of New Mexico prior to the formation of Arizona. Other future states are also depicted as large territories, including Washington, Utah, Nebraska, and Kansas. An oddly-shaped Dakota is shown at the northeast corner of the Nebraska Territory. Indian Territory is located just above Texas, and Virginia remains a large state prior to the separation of West Virginia during the Civil War. In addition to the interesting political divisions shown throughout the west, the map also depicts western exploration and mining prospect information. Proposed routes for the future transcontinental railway routes are also shown, including routes across the northern and southern areas of the country. Small mining towns and geographical features are depicted, as are the land areas of native peoples. In addition to depicting the United States in great detail, the map also thoroughly documents the British Provinces (Nova Scotia, Canada West, and Canada East), as well as all of Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies, and the northern tip of South America. It includes inset maps of the "Sandwich Islands" and the world on two different projections. Finally, to add to its overall aesthetic appeal, the map includes illustrated scenes of events important to American history and Mitchell's well-know decorative floral border.

Condition Report: Stunning for its age and original intended use as a educational wall map. The only notable condition includes some horizontal cracking above the top floral border, adjacent to the top roller. This crack does not affect the map print area. Otherwise, the linen backing remains pliable and can be easily rolled for storage and protection. The map's coloring is vibrant and there is little to no surface staining throughout the map. The finest example of Mitchell's New National Map, or any mid 19th century wall map, that we have ever seen.

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1860 Wall Map - Mitchell's New National Map Showing the United States and Etc.

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Description: Excellent pre-Civil War wall map published by Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Jr., Philadelphia:1860. Originally drawn and lithographed by W. Williams. The map shows a couple localized water stains and some splitting, but still displays very nicely given its cartographic detailing and vibrant original hand coloring. The map remains as originally issued, including its linen backing and wooden mount/rollers.edition of Mitchell’s “New National Map.” Published by S.A. Mitchell, Jr., this early edition “New National Map” is an fine example of the experimental cartography being produced in the United States shortly prior to the break-out of the American Civil War. First published by Mitchell, Jr., in 1857, the New National Map is an impressive cartographic achievement, It includes stylistic details initially introduced in wall maps published by Mitchell’s father, S.A. Mitchell, Sr., nearly two decades earlier. Although Mitchell, Jr., maintained the aesthetic that helped make Mitchell a household name, he was also able to substantially improve the firm’s wall map publications through the inclusion of large insets, beautiful vignettes, a substantially-sized and detailed decorative border, and up-to-date cartographic information. With specific regard to this last feature, it was Mitchell’s commitment to providing the most accurate and up-to-date maps that allowed for publication of this wonderfully interesting and unique wall map. In 1860 the United States was a relatively young, rapidly developing country on the brink of a Civil War. Fearing the possibility of additional states taking the side of the Confederacy, the U.S. government temporarily delayed the admittance of new states. Regardless of this, the American West continued to see rapid growth and development as the cartographic industry remained fiercely competitive. In the effort of staying ahead of the competition, Mitchell and other cartographers published maps with proposed or even suspected state names. Mitchell's 1860 wall map of the United States is a prime example of this guessing game or ”experimental" mapmaking, The map appears largely similar to the First Edition published in 1857, but includes several notable revisions such as the propositional state names of "Shoshone" (becomes Idaho) and "Colona" (becomes Colorado). The map also depicts western exploration, mining prospect information, and proposed routes for the future transcontinental railway(s). The proposed railway routes are shown across both the northern and southern portions of the country. Small mining towns and geographical features are depicted, as are the land areas of native peoples. The map thoroughly details the British Provinces (including Nova Scotia, Canada West, and Canada East), as well as all of Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and the northern tip of South America. It includes inset maps of the "Sandwich Islands" and the world on two different projections. Illustrated vignettes of important United States events and Mitchell's signature floral border add to its overall aesthetic appeal

Condition Report: Above average condition, with its original linen backing and wood dowels. Given that wall maps were typically made and used for public display, the few remaining versions from this time period typically contain some surface damage from smoke, finger poking, water staining, etc. The most notable with this map include water staining in the vicinity of Nova Scotia and staining towards the base of the map, including a small hole (penny-size) in the area where the County populations are listed. The linen backing remains pliable and can be easily rolled for storage and protection. The original imprint was strong and the hand coloring continues to display nicely.

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1873 Botanical Wall Chart Showing the Heath, Olive, Figwort & Mint Families

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Description: Extremely rare wall chart originally designed by Eliza Ann Youmans and published by John Stevens Henslow in New York, 1873. It has been identified as "Chart Third" from Henslow's Botanical Charts, a series of eight botanical wall charts drawn and published for use in the classroom. These wall charts each contain views of various plants. Each "view" contains several smaller diagrams depicting different parts of the plant. The smaller diagrams are each numbered, with the numbers coordinated with a textual pamphlet published by Appleton's of NY in 1873. According to the Appleton's pamphlet, this chart shows the details of plants from the "Heath," "Olive and Ash," "Figwort," and "Mint" families. The full text from Appleton's publication will be included with the chart. The wall chart contains original hand coloring and is fully backed with linen throughout. It has a protective finish coat, and is mounted along its top and bottom to its original wood dowels.

Condition Report: Very nice condition for age and original intended use. Given that these types of charts were made for public education purposes and were often hung in classrooms, they were routinely exposed to smoke, humidity, poking and prodding by students, and other potentially harmful conditions. This chart has localized water staining along most of its left side and top edge, as well as a couple small closed tears and/or holes, which have been reinforced from behind with old linen patches. The chart is otherwise in above-average condition for its approximate 150-year old age. The chart remains mounted on its original wood dowels an displays nicely given its strong original imprint and vibrant hand coloring.

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1862 Mitchell Map of Oregon and Washington Territories

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Description: Original hand-colored map of Oregon and Washington Territories, invluding a small part of British Columbia. Map shows the developing west in the United States around the start of the US Civil War. Washington occupies a large portion of land, including that of future Idaho and a portion of future Montana. The remaining portion of future Montana is part of "Dacotah." Map shows route of Lewis & Clarke, as well as proposed railroad routes and other interesting details. From the 1862 Edition of Mitchell's New General Atlas, published by S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. The map was drawn and engraved by W.H. Gamble, an employee of Mitchell.

Condition Report: Light handling marks primarily limited to the margins, else very good. Full original margins and vibrant hand color.

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Antique German Celestial Globe c 1895

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Description: Celestial globes have been the means by which astronomers charted the heavens since ancient times. The first recorded solar eclipse was noted by the Chinese in 2136 BC. Chinese observatories were even built hundreds of years prior to that. The oldest surviving celestial globe (1144 AD) is from the Islamic world and is currently in the Louvre. Today, we have iPad apps like Vito Technolog's Star Walk and Emerald Sequoia's Observatory to give us precise positions of all the heavenly bodies. Still, there is nothing like a celestial globe to give one the overall perspective of the heavens, and this small 19th century celestial globe is the polar opposite of the modern app. The 4 inch diameter celestial Globe is mounted atop a simple brass tripod base with curled feet. A tan background sets off the red outlines and black dots representing the heavens' constellations. The small globe stands a mere 8 inches tall. This is a scarcely available size as very few were made! Reviewing and identifying celestial spheres can be challenging as one must think of himself standing in the center of the orb, looking up at the night sky. This "himmelsglobus" model was designed by Dr. Carl Rohrbach around 1895 for Dietrich Reimer of Berlin, Germany. Reimer started producing globes in the 1840's and continued operating for over 120 years! They had a reputation for the highest quality and were even contracted by other companies to produce their globes. The sphere has been a functional educational tool for over 120 years and does display a few visible blemishes as a result. There are white marks throughout the globe but no loss of map. The red and black ink is not missing in any parts. Additionally, there is a small "T" shaped crack just to the left of the cartouche, and a small slither of map has been cut away on the edge of one gore. The top spacer has also pushed into the plaster orb but the globe still sits perfectly on its axis. Please see photos. Otherwise, the orb is very well preserved and the brass base is exceptional. Combining form and function, it is admired by the scientific mind as much as the artistic eye. Its an astounding piece! It is destined to be an heirloom for many more generations!

Condition Report: Good

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Antique German School Globe c 1919

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Description: Fascinating 4.5 inch school globe from German maker, Paul RŠth, will keep you mesmerized. The cartography has been distilled down to only the most pertinent details to ensure legibility at this small scale. The age is a little difficult to pin down as there are a few contradictory indicators. Shipping routes are shown leading through the Panama Canal (1914) but St. Petersburg has not yet changed to Petrograd (1914-1924) but RŠth did start producing globes until 1917! An independent Finland (1917) and Poland (1918), and the fact that British East Africa has not become Kenya (1920) seem to put the age as 1919-1920. It was an era that saw great changes as Europe pulled itself from the destruction of the Great War and the world headed into an unprecedented age of excess. About the Maker: RŠth began to manufacture Globes in 1917 and quickly became one of the most recognized German Globe makers of the early 20th century. This would have been one of the earliest globes to be produced. The company prospered even after RŠthÕs death in 1929 and because the company did not leave Leipzig after World War 2, it eventually fell under Russian influence as the city of Leipzig became part of East Germany. One of the most infamous models Raeth ever produced was the 1963 moon globe, based on photographs taken by the USSR satellite Lunik 3. Description: The 4.5 inch diameter orb consists of 12 individual, hand applied paper gores over a pressboard orb. Delicately engraved map details include countries, capitals and large cities, along with major bodies of water. Shipping routes are highlighted in red ink. All text is in German. The cartouche in the Pacific Ocean reads: Prof. Dr. A. Krause / Neuer SchŸlerglobus / Durchmesser 12 cm / Ma§stab 1: 106,000,000 / Verlag / Paul RŠth / LehrmittelwerkstŠtten / Leipzig. Mounted onto a lovely brass half meridian and sits atop a simple baluster turned fruitwood base, the globe stands roughly 11.5 inches tall. Condition: Details in the map are crisp and the colors rich except the red shipping routes have faded. The globe has been professionally cleaned and refinished. Minimal scuffing on the map as can been seen in the photos. The two hemispheres of the orb are not quite lined up in places but there paper maps are still intact over the seam. Base is also in good condition with no cracks or splits.

Condition Report: Good

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Miniature French World Globe c 1914

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Description: This petite globe comes from the French firm, N. K. Atlas of Paris. The cartography is surprisingly detailed and crisp for a globe of this small scale. They developed the right mix of color, detail, text, and information. The globe tells the story of the world on the brink of a war that would have ramifications felt throughout the rest of the century. The globe dates to 1913-14. St. Petersburg has not yet been renamed but the Ottoman Empire has already broken apart. The map also shows shipping routes through the newly opened Panama Canal. About the Maker: N. K. Atlas was based in Paris from around 1904-1924 and was primarily a game and puzzle manufacturer. The company takes its name from the founders Leon Nicolas and Charles Keller. The second portion of the name is a nod to the street where the company was headquartered. Description: The 2.75 inch diameter orb consists of 12 individual, hand applied paper gores over a plaster and pressboard orb. Highly detailed map includes ocean currents, mountain ranges, rivers and more. All text is in French. The cartouche in the Pacific Ocean reads: SPHERE TERRESTRE / N. K. / Editeurs / Paris. Mounted onto an elegant baluster turned and ebonized fruitwood base, the globe stands roughly 5 inches tall. There is also an inscription on the base of the globe that reads, ÒGuerre 1914-15-16-17-18-19Ó in obvious reference to the during of World War One. Condition: Very well preserved artifact, details are crisp and colors rich. Minimal wear in form of rubbing or soiling. Professionally cleaned and refinished. There is a rattling sound inside the orb but there are is no visible damage to the plaster orb. Base is also very well preserved, no cracks or splits.

Condition Report: Very Good

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Exceptionally Rare German Made Globe - Clock Instrument

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Description: This fine instrument performs double duty as both a globe and a time piece. The globe rotates in real time, completing one rotation every 24 hours. Accurate time is kept worldwide by using a band with hours marked around the equator and a dial on the base to track the minutes. The globe also adjusts its tilt according to the season of the year. A second dial on the base tracks the months during the year. The globe orb was made by made by famed German maker, Columbus Verlag. The details are crisp and clear and the colors are bright. Gorgeous style! I have only found two other examples of this model; one is in the Globe Museum at the National Library of Austria and the other is in the Berlin State Library. This is an incredible chance to pick up a very rare instrument in working condition! Age: The orb dates to the late 1930's as verified by the presence of Italian East Africa (1936-1941), Iran (1935) and Germany has yet to annex Austria (1938). Condition: The artifact is in very good condition with age appropriate wear and minimal scuffing or soiling. The instrument is functional and both dials work properly. A modern braided cloth cord has been installed with a vintage European plug. Diameter of the globe is 6 inches (marked 15 cm) with a total height of 9 inches.

Condition Report: Very Good

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Vintage 1925 Petite French Terrestrial Globe

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Description: This petite globe from celebrated French maker, J. Forest, has an impact far beyond its diminutive size. The cartography has been distilled down to only the most pertinent details and colors to ensure legibility at this small scale. They developed the right mix of color, detail, text, and information. The presence of both Leningrad (changed from Petrograd in 1924) and Constantinople (becomes Istanbul in 1930) narrows the range to 1924-1930. The absence of Central Australia (1926-1931) cements the date as 1925. It was an era largely of peace and prosperity but the political climate in the world was rapidly shifting and would soon result in the Great Depression and the rise of Fascism in Europe. Description: The 2 inch (5.5 cm) diameter orb consists of 12 individual, hand applied paper gores over a solid wooden orb. Delicately engraved map details include ocean currents, mountain ranges, rivers and more. All text is in French. The cartouche in the Pacific Ocean reads: GLOBE TERRESTRE / Dresse par / J. FOREST / 17, rue de Buci / Paris. Mounted onto an elegant baluster turned and ebonized fruitwood base, the globe stands roughly 5 inches (12.5cm) tall. Condition: Very well preserved artifact, details are crisp and colors rich. Minimal scuffing though there is loss of paper near Greenland as can been seen in the photos. Minimal wear in form of rubbing or soiling. Base is also very well preserved, no cracks or splits. Has been professionally cleaned and refinished.

Condition Report: Good

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Rare 1938/39 Polish Car Club Book and Map

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Description: This is the official 1938/39 Polski Touring Klub guidebook and its folded map of the country. This book is an amazing glimpse into a pivotal year in Polish history. The book is filled with itineraries for drives between all the major cities, tons of advertisements for classic cars, tires and more. The map is stored in a pocket on the back cover. It has amazing graphics and shows the pre-war borders for Poland. The country was situated further east at that time and occupied a large portion of what is now Lithuania and Ukraine. The book's cover has been torn and repaired. It also has one insect hole toward the bottom of the pages. The map is separated along one seam but will easily frame up and display with no issues.

Condition Report: Good

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Framed Photo Showing Belgian WW1 Memorial Dedication

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Description: Sometimes you pick up an old photo and get lost in the image and just have to know more about it. This was one of those times for me, and luckily I was able to quickly determine the exact event that was being shown. Very rare to get this lucky! The photo was taken on May 27, 1923 in Tirlemont (now Tienen), Belgium. The town was dedicating the statue at the center of the photo to the memory of the fallen soldiers of World War One. There are some really fantastic details in the photo from the people hanging out of windows, to the town elders and military officers in the center to the banner on the right that reads, "Hulde .... Cesneuvelde Helden" which roughly translates to Tribute to Fallen Soldiers. Frame measures 14" x 12" and the photo measures 9" x 6.5"

Condition Report: Very Good

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WW1-era Photo Album of German Family

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Description: I discovered this great World War One era photo album in Berlin. The dates range from 1914-1919 and centers on what looks to be a single family. There are large group shots at home, in the countryside and a handful of excellent military photos. The album has a mix of high quality photos and other that are not very good quality. Sparsely annotated but there are just enough details to identify the time period and a few locations. 48 pages with roughly 116 photographs. 2-3 are missing. Many look to have writing on the back but they are clued at the corners. Condition is pretty good for being over 100 years old. The cover is made from paper and has some wear along the edges.

Condition Report: Good

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Price: $185

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Exceptionally Detailed Watercolor of an Artist's Studio

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Description: This large watercolor is filled with incredible details from the paintings hanging on the wall in the background to the pattern of the rug. The painting was done by Richard Ren and is signed on the front and back of the work. I would venture to guess that this was done as a self portrait of the artist in his own studio and probably made in the late 1920's or 1930's based on clues in the work. There is damage around the outside edges of the fiberboard backing where it has been pinned up. Proper framing should mitigate these issues.

Condition Report: Good

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Price: $895

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Original Soviet Era Karl Marx Propaganda Painting

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Description: Fantastic piece of Soviet history! This original painted portrait of Karl Marx would have hung in a place of honor in a public building such as a library or city offices. The portrait is very well done and the colors are fantastic. The painting will look perfect when it gets reframed! Overall the painting is in great condition but there are 2-3 small spots where the paint has chipped away. None of them are easily noticed, but I have included photos of the spots. Painting will ship rolled in a tube.

Condition Report: Good

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Price: $295

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Vintage German Photo Album of a Young Couple

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Description: I discovered this great photo album in Berlin. The dates range from 1941-1949 and center on two young adults (female and male) during the war years. There are no images of soldiers or war destruction, rather most are hiking in the mountains, swimming, with friends or with family. Every picture in the album is high quality. The photographer knew what they were doing. Each page is annotated which gives valuable insight into every image. All text is in German. 29 pages with roughly 96 photographs. 1 is missing from the last page. Condition is very good. There is wax paper between every page and the album has been well cared for.

Condition Report: Very Good

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Price: $99

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Vintage Mountain Climbing / Skiing Photo Album

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Description: I discovered this great photo album in Warsaw but I believe it originally came from Austria. The photo album is entirely focused on mountain climbing and skiing. Unfortunately there are no notes or dates to help decipher where they are climbing. Every picture in the album is high quality, although a few have faded over the years. 18 pages with roughly 61 photographs. The last few pages are blank. Condition is very good. There is wax paper between every page and the album has been well cared for.

Condition Report: Very Good

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Price: $195

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Abe Lincoln Portrait by J.C. Spooner; 1865

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Description: This Lincoln portrait has a mysterious side to it. Literally. The reverse of the albumen print of the president features a painting of an unidentified woman. The portrait of the president was made shortly after his assassination by J.C. Spooner who worked out of the Boston area. The print has been cut down to fit in the oval frame. Originally there would have been a long title and copyright abrituting the portrait to Spooner and a reproduction of Lincoln's signature. All that remains is the name J.C. Spooner and the word "Massachusetts." The frame is likely not original, but is very old based on its construction and use of square nails to secure the print. There are a few chips in the finish but overall, the frame is in good condition. Portrait measures 8" x 10" and the frame measures 11.5" x 13.5" More information on this print: J.C. Spooner was listed in one Boston Guide or Commercial Almanac of the era as ÒÉa photographer and an artistÉÓ working in Roxbury, Mass, during the mid 1860s. Spooner either bought a photographic portrait of Lincoln by Alexander Gardner, then bleached it and redrew over the image, or possibly he bought a carte-de-visite by Gardner and then projected the image to size, and drew over that. (A fellow Boston photographer, Albert Sands Southworth, had pioneered projecting portraits to a new size and recopying them during the daguerreian era; and its possible Spooner was familiar with that process.) Then in order to market and distribute his work, Spooner photographed his drawing and sold photographic copies to whomever wished to purchase the portrait. Spooner then copyrighted the photograph of his drawing in the local Massachusetts court as an original work of art. (The copyright issue was still very new at that time and Spooner probably chose the Massachusetts court for both convenience and for protection against any possible claims of plagiarism that any New York or Washington photographers (Brady or Gardner) would have filed in a different district court. All of these practices were known and even common during this period Ñ so this would have been considered as a clever act rather than than a criminal one.

Condition Report: Very Good

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Price: $1,195

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Original Photograph Showing Catholic Church Group in Poland - Signed

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Description: This early Catholic Church group photo is from Poland, but that is as much information as I've been able to verify. Either way, its a fantastic glimpse into the past. The details are crisp and clear on the faces and they each tell a story. I'd assume that this dates to the 1920's based on the clothing and hairstyles. The reverse of the photo has many signatures and other potential clues to aid in your search! Card measures 10.5" x 8" and the photo measures 6.75" x 4.75"

Condition Report: Good

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Price: $48

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