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  • ANTIQUE BOTANICAL PRINTS
    1907 Fruit and flower prints issued by America s printmakers 300 to 3 000 Anonymous watercolors Ca 1880 1920 Delicate and detailed watercolor drawings of North American plants Quarto 40 to 65 J J Jung 1839 1843 Exquisite stipple and line engravings of camellias 475 to 700 Pierre Antoine Poiteau 1846 From Pomologie Française Exquisite stipple engravings of fruits 525 to 850 Annales de Pomologie Belge 1854 Handsome lithographic fruit prints Large quarto 225 to 350 Selection of botanical prints Richard Corbould Botany From Encyclopædia Londinensis or Universal dictionary of arts sciences and literature London J Wilkes March 1 1805 Ca 10 x 7 Stipple engraving with some line work by J Chapman Hand color With light sticker mark in bottom margin Very good condition In the era of Enlightenment books of knowledge like Encyclopædia Londinensis took on a new importance and nobility in the scope of book publishing Organized by printer bookseller and stationer John Wilkes 1750 1810 of Milland House Sussex the detailed informative work reflects his experience as a newspaper proprietor and co head of the British Directory Office Fine artists like Richard Corbould were employed to draw allegorical prints to embellish the volumes Though Wilkes died in 1810 publication of the Encyclopædia continued until around 1829 in London Exalting the pursuit of knowledge its allegorical prints draw on neo Classical vocabulary to confer nobility on the studies of the arts and sciences such as geography botany painting and others In classically draped garments female figures pose amid Roman architecture and artifact employing the tools of investigation specific to their discipline Along with its finely rendered botanical illustrations scientific diagrams and detailed maps these allegories made Encyclopædia Londinensis an extraordinary work of aesthetics and education This allegory represents the science of botany 250 A Flower Basket New York Currier Ives 1872 Lithograph Original hand color Small folio 8 1 2 x 12 1 2 Some light toning to paper but very good condition Cf C 2038 Nathaniel Currier and then Currier Ives issued many separately issued botanical prints intended to be framed and hung as decoration in Victorian American homes This is a nice example of their output 450 Go to list of other Currier Ives botanical prints Watercolor by Ellen Robbins From the portfolio Autumn Leaves Watertown Massachusetts middle of the nineteenth century 12 1 2 x 10 3 4 Very good condition Ellen Robbins was a watercolorist and art teacher born in Watertown Massachusetts in 1828 and died in 1905 in Boston Robbins was mostly self taught and she specialized in paintings of flowers and other still lives She often painted on the Island of Shoals off the New Hampshire coast where she was able to visit the garden and home of the poet Celia Thaxter She achieved considerable attention for her watercolors of autumn leaves which she often put together into bound albums for sale Later she advertised in Boston newspapers as Miss Robbins Flower and Autumn Leaf Painting Classes Her watercolors achieved even

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  • ANTIQUE BIRD PRINTS
    Sweden and he is best known as the first natural scientist to postulate that man evolved from apes Prints from his Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux have a delicacy of drawing and engraving that has lead some to claim that they are the finest ever published Buffon believed that there were between fifteen hundred and two thousand species of birds in the world and he was in the forefront in attempting to name them He usually gave them colloquial names and left the classification with Latin titles to be done by others Drawn by Buffon and other artists these prints were engraved by Martinet and hand colored at the time Pl 169 L Agamie de Cayenne Illustrated above left 350 Pl 922 Beccassine de Madagascar Illustrated above right 250 To see other images from this series please email philaprint philaprintshop com or phone us at the number at the bottom of this page From Thomas Lord s Entire System of Ornithology or Ecumenical History of British Birds Line engravings hand colored London by the author 1791 96 8 1 4 x 11 3 4 plate mark Light mat burn Else very good condition This ornithology is one of the rarest to be found complete because even when it was issued the plates were considered obsolete for science and primitive as art Thus not many copies were sold Mullens and Swann s Bibliography of British Ornithology praises the art and states that the dating of each plate is very useful Over the years these inheritors of the concepts of George Edwards Marc Catesby and the Count de Buffon have taken on an aura of folk art in their own right They are clear bright and delightful The Male Shoveler 450 The Summer Teal 450 Based on Francois Levaillant s Histoire naturelle des Oiseaux d Afrique first published in Paris 1796 1808 9 1 4 x 7 1 4 platemark Etchings Original hand color These plates are from a rare and never completed London edition with these dated 1805 1808 No record of these prints is found in Sitwell or Anker Levaillant is credited with being the best recorder of exotic birds until the advent of John Gould and his colleagues in the mid nineteenth century The artist was Johann Lebrecht Reinold who worked closely with the editor to open the world of African ornithology to Europeans Sitwell records copying but incomplete editions in Nuremberg 1797 1802 Halle in 1798 and Amsterdam in 1812 These prints were engraved by Pass and Reynolds in London and published by J Wilkes The misnumbering is evidence that these were trial printings and not part of a finished work The quality of the engraving and hand coloring is superb AMPELIS Plate II 1 The Pompadour Chatterer 2 The Purple throated Chatterer 150 CAPRIMULGUS Plate II 1 The White throated Goat sucker 2 Head of the Grandis or great Goat sucker 3 Foot of the same 150 CORVUS Plate II The Splendid Crow 150 FALCO Plate II The

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  • Antique Prints of Animals
    for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge 1845 47 Unusual images from a British work Quarto 125 to 270 Charles Catton 1788 1825 Lovely aquatints drawn from nature Small folio 150 to 250 J L Büchner ca 1830 Lithographs of mammals published in Germany Quarto 175 to 325 Thomas Doughty 1830 32 Unusual images from an early American sporting work Quarto 175 to 300 Animal prints priced for gift giving Chromolithographs from the 19th century Quarto 45 to 50 Thomas Pennant 1766 From The British Zoology Folio engravings with original hand color 300 to 750 Dogs Various images of dogs of different breeds 150 to 650 Fishes A selection of interesting prints of fish Selection of interesting prints Thomas Landseer 1795 1880 Wild Deer at Chillingham London Henry Graves 1869 27 x 18 1 2 image Engraving Very good condition A striking animal portrait by Thomas Landseer Landseer first received instruction in engraving from his father and then studied under Benjamin Robert Haydon Landseer became one of the most gifted and innovative engravers of his generation being particularly adept in the use of textural etching This type of rendering was wonderfully suited for reproducing the works of his brother Edwin s

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  • Antique Prints of Fish
    fish prints Advertising posters with groupings of etchings by William H Lizars created for publication in Sir William Jardine s The Naturalist s Library Edinburgh W H Lizars 1833 45 Full sheets ca 22 x 16 1 5 Original hand color Sheets somewhat browned and brittle with some edge tears and chipping Overall bright color attractive appearance and good condition A very unusual set of posters intended to advertise the publication of William Jardine s famous The Naturalist s Library This was a popular scientific account first issued in 40 volumes between 1833 and 1845 and intended to describe and illustrate all vertebrate species The prints in the Library were finely etched and published by William H Lizars a leading engraver from Edinburgh well known as the engraver for the first five plates in Audubon s Birds of America These posters contain a collage of images taken from the original books and each is crowned with a title that reads Leaves from the Book of Nature At the bottom is the text For Full Description Vide The Naturalist s Library Published by W H Lizars Edinburgh S Highley London W Curry Junr Co Dublin And sold by all Book Print Sellers British Fish 1 175 British Fish 2 175 British Fish 3 165 With two corner chips Sherman F Denton Tahoe Trout Male From Fish and Game of the State of New York New York 1895 1907 Chromolithograph Quarto Full size and full margins Very good condition A striking print from a series of finely colored game fish which was produced around the turn of the century Fed by the popularity of Teddy Roosevelt and other outdoorsmen game fishing and hunting moved from the realm of necessity to the arena of sport for many Americans These images were drawn by Sherman Foote Denton who worked as an artist for the U S Fish Commission at the Smithsonian Institute and developed a method of mounting fish that preserved their colors as in life The State of New York Fisheries Game and Forest Commission hired Denton to illustrate their annual reports between 1895 and 1907 Like his mounted fish prints of Denton s superb drawings vividly illustrate the appearance of live fish Indeed his series has become the standard by which all subsequent fish prints are judged 225 Go to page with listing of our inventory of fish prints by Denton Gervais Boulart From Les Poissons Paris J Rothschild ca 1860 Octavo Lithograph Original hand color Very good condition Strikingly detailed mid nineteenth century lithographs of exotic fish with meticulously applied hand color from Gervais Boulart s Les Poissons These French lithographs are both decorative and informative Their didactic quality was required by students of natural history at a time when much new information on species and their habitats was becoming available in the West Charming examples from a delightful and colorful group of fishes Tome 2 Plate Species names French Latin English if known Uranoscope Uranoscopus scaber 45 Vive Vipère Trachinus

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  • Antique Shell Prints
    Illustrated above left 700 Plate 72 Folio Illustrated above right 700 Go to page with other prints from the Seba series including snakes etc From Gentleman s Magazine 1759 7 x 4 1 4 Engravings by B Cole and T Jefferys Very good condition except as noted By the middle of the eighteenth century a number of monthly magazines were being published in London These magazines informed their readers on a variety of subjects including natural history topography sports and of course current affairs These handsome natural history prints are fine examples Plate VII 55 Plate VIII 55 Plate XV 55 Plate XVII 55 Plate XVIII Illustrated above Left 55 Plate XIX Trimmed to neat line at left Illustrated above Center 55 Plate XX Illustrated above Right 55 Prints by George Perry From Conchology or the Natural History of Shells Original drawings by John Clarke Engravings by William Miller London W Bulmer and Co 1811 Folio Full margins Excellent condition A beautifully rendered group of prints from Perry s Conchology These are the only prints of shells made by that most elaborate and rich process of aquatinting The plates are decorative and inventive pictures of shells colored richly and idiosyncratically Though he was criticized in contemporary natural history circles for his apparent whimsy and lack of scientific concern Perry has since been greatly vindicated His Conchology is now considered a serious work and his absurd names have become generally accepted Whatever the resolution of this scientific debate the prints were produced with the finest craftsmanship and are undeniably beautiful 3 Monoplex 325 4 Biplex 300 8 Hexaplex 275 10 Distorta Rostellaria 325 13 Strombus 350 14 Septa 325 15 Helix Strigula 325 16 Terebra Aculea 300 17 Voluta 300 18 Voluta 375 20 Cypraea 300 21 Cypraea Illustrated above 275

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  • Antique Prints of Food
    for Great Britain was to have the best engravers make mezzotints depicting Walpole s famous Gallery at Houghton Due to Catherine s purchase most of the original paintings from the Houghton Gallery are today in the Hermitage These prints were mezzotinted by Richard Earlom the leading craftsman of the day whose mezzotints are amongst the finest ever produced This print shows a bountiful larder rendered by Joseph Farington after the painting by Martin de Vos 2 200 From The American Flora by A B Strong M D New York Green Spencer 1849 Small quarto Lithography by F S Palmer Original hand coloring Very good condition A series of bold and colorful illustrations of familiar American flowers Created as reference for botanists physicians florists gardeners students etc these prints are some of the most inviting and decorative mid century botanical illustrations It is their full and bright coloring as well as the exceptionally fine selection of flowers that make them so appealing European Olive Tree 65 Thea Tea 55 From François André Michaux and Thomas Nuttall s The North American Sylva Philadelphia D Rice A N Hart 1856 9 Lithographs Octavo Original hand color Sent to America by the French government Michaux published the first illustrated book on American trees which became the standard reference on the subject His work was subsequently supplemented by the British botanist Thomas Nuttall who arrived in Philadelphia in 1808 Nuttall was highly influenced by the community of noted botanists in Philadelphia which included the Bartram family and Benjamin Smith Barton In particular it was Barton in particular who took an interest in Nuttall as a potential collector for his own publication intended to rival the Michaux volumes of which he was critical In 1810 Barton contracted the young Nuttall for an extensive expedition of the American frontier Ironically it would be Nuttall who would succeed in improving on the Michaux volumes by publishing his own work Over the next thirty years the adventurous Nuttall would travel throughout the United States from the Oregon trail to the Pacific Northwest and on to Hawaii Through his work he established himself as one of the most prominent botanists of the budding American scientific community Pl XXII Californian Bay tree 75 Pl XXV Florida Guava 80 Pl XXXII Indian Almond 80 Pl XLI Cherry Fig tree 90 Pl XLII Short leaved Fig tree 95 Pl LXIX Mountain Sugar Maple 95 Prints from Theodore Francis Garrett s The Encyclopedia of Practical Cookery New York J Arnot Penman and Philadelphia Hudson Importing Company ca 1893 Ca 8 1 2 x 6 1 2 Chromolithographs Very good condition Deliciously detailed images of elaborate confections savory dishes table settings etc prepared for Garrett s eight volume Encyclopedia of Practical Cookery Entries in the encyclopedia include descriptions of foodstuffs and their etymological and biological origins recipes methods of cooking and food preparation cookware utensils and their uses and other practical definitions useful to the cook chef gourmet and gourmand These wonderful chromolithographs were intended

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  • Antique Insect Prints
    County of Essex Esqr 350 Pl XXXIX To the Right Honorable Mary Bentinck Countess Dowr of Essex 425 Carl Gustav Jablonsky J F W Herbst Pl XXXVI Fig 1 2 Pap Eq Ach Aegistus Fig 3 4 Pap Eq Ach Demoleus Fig 5 6 Pap Eq Ach Erythenius From Natursystem aller bekannten in und ausländischen Insecten Berlin Pauli Reimer 1783 Engraving Excellent original hand color Very good condition A series of attractive prints from a rare and superbly illustrated work on exotic and European butterflies Carl Gustav Jablonsky 1756 1787 was a naturalist who was also private secretary to the Queen of Prussia Jablonsky died unexpectedly at the age of 31 and the writing and editing of the text fell to his colleague Johann F W Herbst 1743 1807 a German naturalist and entomologist The plates were designed mostly by Jablonsky with some by Krüger of Berlin The engravers are the same ones as those working for Marcus Elieser Blochâ s Histoire Naturelle Des Poissons primarily Ludwig Schmidt This work on butterflies is one of the most attractively illustrated entomological works of the period with brilliant coloring and fine engraving A sequel was published to this work dealing with coleoptera and these sets form a fine monument to the skill and knowledge of Jablonsky 350 Go to page with other prints from this series J O Westwood F L S From Illustrations of Exotic Entomology Containing Upwards of Six Hundred and Fifty Figures and Descriptions of Foreign Insects By Dru Drury London Henry G Bohn 1837 Quarto Engravings Original hand color Excellent condition These meticulously portrayed life size illustrations of dragonflies wasps bees beetles crickets grasshoppers et al are exquisitely engraved and colored In addition the subjects of each plate are stunningly arranged into artistic compositions The subtle colorings of

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  • Natural History Books at The Philadelphia Print Shop
    Lewis and Clark expedition Alexander Wilson Thomas Nuttall and others His best known works were Vegetable Materia Medica of the United States 1817 19 and Flora of North America 1821 23 This study of the names of indigenous plants found in a ten mile radius of Philadelphia contains indices in both volumes and those for English and Vulgar names most useful This is a lovely and carefully produced set by Mathew Carey and his son Henry 650 H G Adams Humming Birds Described and Illustrated With Eight Coloured Plates Octavo London Groombridge and Sons circa 1830s to 1840s Hand colored etchings 8 plates depicting 16 species 144 pp of text plus 6 ll advertising Pebble grain blind stamped boards with gold stamped spine Octavo Slight split at top of spine An exquisite volume depicting humming birds in the method used by the prolific Sir William Jardine who rendered illustrations of hundreds in his periodicals Here is a discourse about hummingbirds and a selection illustrating some of the most popular species One of the best known is the Ruby throated as well as Dupont s and the Ruff Necked Text pages are enhanced with wood engravings A fine example of art and science combined for the professional and amateur natural scientists of the day 350 H G Adams The Language and Poetry of Flowers 12mo Philadelphia J B Lippincott 1864 272 pages 6 hand colored flower prints Henry Gardiner Adams 1811 12 1881 was an English druggist and chemist with an interest in natural history He published volumes on birds and their nests and eggs on shells and on botanicals as well as biographical volumes He also wrote children s books under the pen name Nemo In this volume Adams compiled an anthology of prose and poetry about flowers with six colored illustrations 150 James Britten European Ferns London Cassell Petter Galpin Co ca 1880 Chromolithography by Vincent Brooks Day Son Lith Large octavo Green cloth boards with decorative gold stamping Original decorative end papers Presentation label on inside front cover Exhibition of Works of Pupils of Schools of Design Colony of Victoria 1884 30 bright chromolithographed plates and 108 wood engravings Corners bumped and worn front cover slightly shaken else very good condition A handsome and informative natural history with lovely chromolithographed plates 575 B H Warren M D Report on the Birds of Pennsylvania With Special Reference to the Food Habits based on over Four Thousand Stomach Examinations Harrisburg E K Meyers 1890 Second edition revised and augmented Large octavo 3 4 green pebbled calf over green cloth brown calf gold stamped decorative spine with raised bands refurbished aeg ii xiv 1 434 Very good condition This handsome volume provides physical and behavioral descriptions of the many bird species found in Pennsylvania The 100 attractive color plates are lithographs after J J Audubon s Birds of America 325 J G Wood Animate Creation Popular Edition of Our Living World A Natural History Folio Bound in half leather with pebble

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