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  • Antique views of Colorado and the Pike's Peak gold rush
    were popular during the mid nineteenth century Through their ample illustrations they provided a glimpse of nineteenth century America its towns cities rivers ports important architecture and other areas of interest As stated by Sue Rainey in her excellent Creating Picturesque America As the first publication to celebrate the entire continental nation it enabled Americans after the trauma of the Civil War to construct a national self image based on reconciliation between North and South and incorporation of the West p xiii When the editors of Picturesque America wanted to do a chapter on the Rocky Mountains they selected this image for the steel engraving to accompany the chapter The image was drawn from somewhere in the vicinity of Denver just a few years after the Colorado gold rush which brought a large number of settlers to the high prairie along the eastern base of the Rockies This prints shows a peaceful Indian village in a grove of trees with Long s Peak in the background a scene which does not foreshadow the tremendous development of the area that would soon result especially after the railroads reached Denver the year before this engraving was published Thus this print is as poignant as it is lovely 115 Go to list of more images of Colorado from Picturesque America William H Beard On The Prairie From the portfolio Gallery of Landscape Painters American Scenery New York G P Putnam Sons 1872 Steel engraving by Robert Hinshelwood 8 3 4 x 12 5 8 Very good condition William Holbrook Beard traveled from Atchison to Denver in the summer of 1866 crossing the high plains when it was still relatively undeveloped A Denver paper mentioned that Beard spent the summer of 1866 having painted so vividly most of our exquisite mountain scenery This image

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  • VIEWS OF CONNECTICUT
    of aquatint and etching These prints provide decorative and historically fascinating pictures of Connecticut in the 1830s Eastern View of Bridgeport Con 65 View of Hartford from the Eastern Bank of Connecticut River Engraved by A Willard With stains from old manuscript on verso and short tear in bottom margin 85 S East View of Litchfield from Chesnut Hill 65 North View of Middletown Con Its Vicinity The above view is from Prospect Hill about 3 miles from the central part of the city on the Hartford road In the distance is seen the windings of Connecticut river the city of Middletown part of Chatham and its Quarries on the eastern side of the river 65 Eastern View of the Public Square or Green in New Haven Ct Engraved by A Willard 65 South View of New London Fort Trumbull New London is seen in the distance beyond Fort Trumbull Groton Monument and Ft Griswold are seen on the extreme right of the view 65 South View of Norwich City Con 65 Pair of prints by George H Durrie East Rock West Rock New Haven CT New York G H Durrie 1853 Three tone lithographs by Sarony Co 13 7

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  • Views of Hawaii
    including a Genuine History and Description of the Whole World Also included in this work were images and reports from James Cook s three voyages so that Bankes volume provided as complete and up to date a report on the known world as was available at the time The Inside of a House in the Morai in Atooi Island of Kauai 55 Village in Hawaii From Nachrichten aus der Heidenwelt

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  • Antique Views of New Jersey
    Source of the Passaic Falls London and New York John Tallis Co 1850 4 1 4 x 6 1 4 With decorative border 65 The Palisade Rocks On The Hudson River West Bank New York London and New York John Tallis Co 1850 3 3 4 x 5 3 4 With decorative border Repaired tear in bottom margin 55 J G Chapman View on the Hudson The Palisades New York ca 1838 Steel engraving by M Osborne 7 3 4 x 6 1 8 Some short tears at edges Otherwise very good condition A print that may have been issued in The New York Mirror in 1838 The imprint to this effect if it was on this print has been trimmed off The print though is from the same plate and it is an unusual and very attractive image looking up the Hudson along the base of the Palisades This is an early steel engraving and demonstrates the quality that these prints became famous for 125 The Palisades From The Family Magazine Cincinnati ca 1838 Wood engraving 5 3 8 x 8 3 8 Very good condition The Family Magzine was subtitled as the Monthly Abstract of General Knowledge This wide ranging magazine included hundreds of wood engravings many of them American scenes such as this lovely image 45 William H Bartlett View of the Passaic Falls From N P Willis s American Scenery London George Virtue 1839 1840 4 7 8 x 7 3 8 Steel engraving Very good condition William Henry Bartlett 1809 1854 was a British landscape artist famous for his views of all parts of the world He made several trips to the United States in order to gather sketches for a book about American scenery to be written by N P Willis and published by George Virtue This work American Scenery discussed the natural wonders architectural monuments and city landmarks of America and the text was accompanied by a charming collection of views of these sites drawn by Bartlett This was one of the most successful and popular series of such views of the nineteenth century Of all images of America s past these remain among the most popular 60 James Smillie Monmouth Battle Grounds N J From Graham s Magazine Philadelphia ca 1845 4 3 4 x 7 1 4 Engraving by Smillie and Hinshelwood Very good condition Many of the popular magazines of the mid nineteenth century were copiously illustrated with steel engraved views and genre scenes These very popular engravings were produced by some of the most well known American artists of the day and they include some unusual and fascinating images illustrating the mores and scenery of ante bellum America This print was issued in Graham s Magazin e one of the best known illustrated magazines of the day It is based on a painted by noted American artist James Smillie who also engraved the image along with Robert Hinshelwood A lovely example of the fine prints issued in American illustrated

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  • Antique Views of Pennsylvania
    of his collaboration with Birch is evident here 1 500 Karl Bodmer Penitentiary Near Pittsburgh From Travels In the Interior of North America in the Years 1832 to 1834 London Ackermann and Company 1843 Vignette ca 7 1 2 x 10 3 4 Aquatint Engraved by L Weber Printed by de Bougeard Excellent condition Karl Bodmer 1809 1893 is considered by many authorities to be the greatest 19th century artist to have produced prints of the American west Bodmer and his patron Prince Maximilian of Wied came to America from Germany in 1832 With Bodmer in charge of the pictorial documentary Prince Maximilian an experienced and respected traveler and naturalist set out to put together as complete a study as possible of the western territories of the United States The result was the publication of Maximilian s journals in successive German French and English editions between 1839 and 1843 and with it a picture atlas of eighty one aquatint plates after paintings by Bodmer This picture volume is now regarded as one of the most comprehensive and finest visual surveys of the western territories ever made Soon after Prince Maximilian and Bodmer s arrival in the United States the party toured the Eastern United States As the prince collected biological specimens Bodmer would illustrate the countryside and occasionally the specimens themselves This is Bodmer s image of the penitentiary at Pittsburgh 925 Go to page with listing of other Bodmer prints Prints from I Daniel Rupp s The History of Lancaster County Lancaster G Hills 1844 Lithographs Ca 4 x 6 3 4 Very good condition A rare and important series of lithographed views of Lancaster County sites The name of the artist of the images does appear on the prints but it is not readable it appears to be something like P S Getz The lithographs are by T Sinclair of Philadelphia one of the important American lithographers of this early period The prints are detailed and presumably accurate View of Lancaster Jail 145 Built by Martin and Ann Meylin 1740 125 View of the Church Parsonage and the Seminaries at Litiz Lancaster Co Penna 165 View of Columbia from Wrightsville 155 Scene On The Deleware sic Boston Haskell Allen ca 1850 8 1 4 x 13 Lithograph Original hand color Very good condition A wonderful view of the upper Delaware River along the Pennsylvania New Jersey or perhaps Pennsylvania New York border A group of farmers are shown in their field on the alluvial plain cutting the crop while a small figure appears to ready some refreshment Charming and unusual 750 Beaver Heights Near Pittsburgh on the Ohio River From The Ladies Repository A Monthly Periodical Devoted To Literature and Religion Cincinnati May 1854 Octavo Steel engraving Very good condition A fine view of western Pennsylvania from Ladies Repository This one shows the Beaver River near to where it runs into the Ohio River 110 From The Aldine New York Wood engravings 9 x 12 3 4 Very

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  • North American urban views
    east George Heap the author of the view of the State House contained in the Scull and Heap map made a drawing of the Philadelphia waterfront from the New Jersey shore This drawing was acquired by Penn who subsequently had two engravings made from it a large one in 1754 and a smaller version in 1756 the latter with the addition of views of the State House and the Battery and a city plan Five years later a copy of the smaller version was published in the London Magazine with the two views inserted in the upper corners Heap s was the first view published of Philadelphia and it shows the city as a bustling river port of some importance and sophistication A mile of the Philadelphia waterfront from present day South Street to Vine Street is depicted in considerable detail It shows the major buildings a number with stately steeples standing along streets already giving evidence of Philadelphia s impressively organized grid plan In the foreground lies Windmill Island and the river is congested with vessels of all types The creator of this print was London print maker Carington Bowles who was able to acquire the large unwieldy original drawing made by George Heap in 1752 directly from which he made the engraving Bowles described this print in a 1790 sales catalogue as one of a collection of 271 prints designed to be used in the Diagnal Mirror an Optical Pillar machine or peep show This was one of the vue d optique or perspective views showing the cities of the world prints that were very popular in the late eighteenth century These prints were produced for a viewing machine that was used both in private and by peddlers in the streets of Europe The hand color necessitated by the optical show is also noteworthy the tones being more vivid and brilliant than on other similar views of the period The intended use of the print necessitated a standard size and thus Bowles faced some space limitations in rendering the scene 14 000 Go to page with other views of Philadelphia Views from Cincinnati in 1841 Cincinnati Charles Cist 1841 Engravings by Doolittle Munson Ca 3 1 2 x 5 1 4 Very good condition Charles Cist s Cincinnati in 1841 Its Early Annals and Future Prospects was an important early account of the Queen City of the mid west at a time when it was growing rapidly Included in it are some early engravings showing buildings of note Post Office Cincinnati Third Street between Walnut and Pine 50 District School House 45 Lane Theological Seminary Walnut Hills 45 Western Baptist Theological Institute at Covington KY Opposite Cincinnati Ohio 45 J W Hill New Orleans From the Lower Cotton Press 1852 From The Ladies Repository A Monthly Periodical Devoted To Literature and Religion Cincinnati March 1854 Octavo Steel engraving by W Wellstood Very good condition An unusual and scarce steel engraving from The Ladies Repository This mid nineteenth century

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  • ANTIQUE PRINTS and MAPS: NEW YORK CITY
    Vicinity Engravings on Copper Steel Fine Art Prints Wood Engravings Harper s Weekly et al Sporting Prints Other Views Reference Books To Contact us call write fax or e mail to 8441 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia PA 19118 USA 215 242

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  • Views of Philadelphia
    This was Hill s first major American commission and the next year he moved to New York City where he further enhanced his reputation as the premier aquatinter in the country The publisher of the series Mathew Carey Son was no less illustrious as perhaps the dominant American publisher of the first two decades of the nineteenth century and the successor firms of Carey Son and then Carey Lea continued to play an important part in the history of American maps books and prints The prints from this series are rare and lovely beautifully rendered exquisitely aquatinted and finely colored Scenes are mostly of the eastern seaboard showing America when the country was primarily rural and tending to focus on the inland waterways which were the major routes of travel and sources of energy at the time These prints provide us with a precious snapshot of our land in its nascent age when it would still have been recognizable to the colonists of the previous century It is interesting to note however that while most of the locations that Shaw recorded have lost their rural character this print captures a view that is much like that we can find today 1 600 Go to page with more views from the Shaw Hill series Fumagalli State House Philadelphia From Giulio Ferrario s Il Costume Antico e Moderno Milan 1821 23 5 3 4 x 8 3 8 Aquatint Full original hand coloring Full margins Fine condition Snyder Mirror of America 408 An unusual print of the State House in Philadelphia now known as Independence Hall The print was drawn by Fumagalli and was issued in a rare Italian work which contained illustrations of all parts of the world As one of the must see sites in North America in the early nineteenth century Independence Hall was of course illustrated The image is based on the image which appeared in Columbia Magazine July 1787 and it is beautifully rendered The workmanship delicacy of the aquatinting and fine detail make this rare print a wonderful example of fine Italian craftsmanship at the beginning of the nineteenth century 350 Thomas Birch View of the Dam and Water Works at Fair Mount Philadelphia Philadelphia Edward Parker 1824 7 x 14 3 4 Engraving by R Campbell With centerfold as originally issued Repaired tear in sky near centerfold with minor wear along centerfold Else very good condition Thomas Birch gained prominence as an artist when he worked with his father on the prints for The City of Philadelphia But this was only the beginning of his career and his accomplishments Continuing to work in Philadelphia until his death in 1851 he created a rich and varied group of images of the city and its watery surroundings including this view of the Fairmount Waterworks Though the Fairmount Waterworks began operation in 1812 to 1815 very few printed images appeared of the site before the system was converted from steam to water power between 1819 and 1822 With its impressive size neoclassical appearance and riverside setting the waterworks soon became the most popular Philadelphia subject for local and visiting artists This view by Thomas Birch first appeared in the Report of the Watering Committee 1823 and thus Birch focuses on the mill house and dam the latter depicted stretching across the center of the print The original engine house built in 1812 and also designed by Graff is shown at the extreme right To the left is the canal lock by passing the dam built as part of the agreement the City made with the Schuylkill Navigation Company in order to obtain the rights to water power at Fairmount The view is oriented to look up the Schuylkill towards Lemon Hill which can be seen in the background Birch shows the Schuylkill teeming with activity Several fishermen try their luck from the shore and nearby rocks and more fishermen fill two of the three row boats below the dam Steaming into the entrance of the lock is a paddle wheeler ferrying passengers to the upper part of the river 650 Axel L Klinkowström after Thomas Birch Bro öfver Skuylkill strõmmen nära Philadelphia From Atlas til Friherre Klinkowstroms Bref om de Forenta Staterne Stockholm Tryckeriet 1824 9 3 4 x 16 1 2 Aquatint by Carl Fredrik Akrell Hand colored Baron Axel Klinkowström spent three years from 1818 to 1820 in the United States as the emissary for Sweden On his tours around the country the Baron took copious notes and made many sketches Upon his return to Sweden he issued a fascinating account of his travels which was issued with an accompanying atlas that included nineteen views of New York Washington and Philadelphia The prints were beautifully aquatinted by Akrell and their high quality bespeaks a sophisticated intended audience The subject of this view is the Upper Ferry or Fairmount Bridge a covered bridge over the Schuylkill River at Fairmount It was built between 1809 and 1812 made entirely of wood and spanned a distance of 340 feet Until it was destroyed by fire in 1838 the bridge was a Philadelphia landmark both for its fine appearance and as an engineering feat The scene is drawn from the eastern bank of the river Fairmount itself is not depicted though the beginning of the slope is shown at right Commerce of the period is nicely illustrated with images of travelers on horseback a Conestoga wagon and a cargo laden canal boat Klinkowström s view is closely derived from Thomas Birch s image of the same site from a few years before 1 400 Axel Leonhard Klinckowström Third Street i Philadelphia From Atlas til Friherre Klinkowströms Bref om de Forenta Staterne Stockholm Tryckeriet 1824 Aquatint by Carl Frederik Akrell 4 3 4 x 7 image plus margins Very good condition Baron Axel Leonhard Klinckowström 1775 1837 was a Swedish aristocrat who spent the years 1818 to 1820 in America as a representative of his government He wrote a fascinating book

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