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  • British plate books at The Philadelphia Print Shop
    are split between stipple genre scenes such as Enjoyment and Moderation and engraved scenes of England and elsewhere The views are not attributed but the stipples are by Taylor An unusual and delightful plate book 650 George Cruikshank The Genius of George Cruikshank 2 vols Large quarto Each volume has the same spine title and half title but one has title An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray and the other An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank by John Wilson London 1840 and 1843 These two essays provide octavo title pages and text that precede many leaves of text and prints that are inlaid into large quarto leaves Volumes contain 234 leaves and 211 leaves respectively Half leather binding with some water induced distressing to the boards Gold stamping on spines and boards A lovely and interesting set These unique extra illustrated books provide a splendid study in word and example of George Cruikshank s art The art pieces range from small woodcut and steel engraved book illustrations to foldout hand colored separately issued caricatures There are seven examples of the latter and eleven aquatints from W H Ireland s Life of Napoleon

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  • Antique Prints of Naval Engagements and Events
    1805 was a result of President Jefferson s refusal to pay an increased tribute to Tripoli now Libya one of the Barbary States of North Africa along with of Algiers Tunis and Morocco These piratical states had been extracting tribute from the European powers since the eighteenth century in order to ensure the safety of their vessels sailing in the Mediterranean When the United States became independent it was deemed prudent to take up this practice and so the Americans began paying their own tribute in 1784 In 1801 the pasha of Tripoli demanded an increased tribute to 225 000 from the new President This Jefferson who had long argued against the tribute refused and the pasha declared war on the United States on May 14 1801 The United States sent navy ships to blockade the Barbary ports and they had some success though in 1803 the frigate USS Philadelphia ran aground in Tripoli Harbor and was captured In February 1804 Lt Stephen Decatur Jr led a small group into the harbor aboard a disguised USS Intrepid and they managed to destroy the Philadelphia to prevent its use by their enemies Later that year in the Americans tried to send the Intrepid under Commandant Richard Somers into the harbor again this time as a fire ship to burn the enemy fleet According to this print the ship were boarded by an overwhelming number of enemies before their plan could be carried out Rather than be captured enslaved and lose the ship Somers ordered that the magazine be explored which killed both the boarders and the entire American crew It is not clear that events took place in this way for the ship may have been hit by enemy fire or perhaps blown up accidentally but this version made for a stirring story which promoted patriotism and increased the reputation of the U S Navy Despite this set back the continued American blockade and an overland expedition against Tripoli led to a peace treaty on June 4 1805 1 350 John Singleton Copley The Siege and Relief of Gibraltar London John Singleton Copley 1810 22 3 4 x 32 1 4 image Engraved by William Sharp Hand color Minor mat burn just inside plate mark not affecting image Several minor tears in margins expertly repaired Faint water stain in bottom margin Strong impression with vivid hand color Conserved Stable Good condition Brown 17 A large and dramatic print by the well known American artist John Singleton Copley 1738 1815 Copley a Boston native flourished as a portrait artist in the colonies before he settled in London in 1775 and focused on the painting of historical scenes Copley was a master at painting heroic multi figure compositions This print depicts the defeat of the Spanish floating batteries at Gibraltar during the Great Siege of Gibraltar The Governor of Gibraltar General George Augustus Eliott is on horseback pointing to defeated Spanish The painting is based on the unsuccessful attempt by Spain and France

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  • Prints from The Naval Chronicle: 1799-1818
    Richards Minor foxing outside of image right hand side 150 Portraits William Ridley Captain James Cook Aquatint by William Ridley 250 James Northcote The Right Hon ble Tho s Lord Graves Admiral of the White Aquatint by William Ridley 125 Stuart Capt n John Harvey R N Aquatint by William Ridley 125 R t Hon ble Rich d Earl Howe K G Aquatint by William Ridley 175 Hoppner Right Hon ble Lord Keith K B Vice Admiral of the Red Squadron George Keith Elphinstone Aquatint by William Ridley 125 Admiral Kempenfelt Engraving 125 Richard Kempenfelt Esq r Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron Aquatint by William Ridley 125 Sir Richard King Bar t Admiral of the White Squadron Aquatint by William Ridley 125 Sir Charles Knowles Bar t Admiral of the White Squadron Aquatint by William Ridley 125 Cosway Cha s Edmund Nugent Esq r Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron Aquatint by William Ridley 125 Jean Sir James Saumarez Bar t Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron Aquatint by William Ridley 125 Opie Sir John Borlase Warren Bar t KB Aquatint by William Ridley 125 Views Nicholas Pocock View of Liverpool 1799 Aquatint by Thomas Medland 175 Nicholas Pocock View of Nassau in the Bahamas 1799 Aquatint by Thomas Medland 225 Nicholas Pocock View of English Harbour Antigua Bay 1800 Aquatint by W Ellis 175 N Pocock View of Greenwich Hospital 1800 Aquatint by W Ellis 175 Owen Cape of Good Hope 1801 Aquatint by W Ellis 225 Nicholas Pocock Gilbraltar taken from the Westward 1801 Aquatint by W Ellis 175 Rev J Hall A View of the Entrance of St John s Newfoundland 1802 Aquatint by J Wells 175 Owen View of the Port of Bordeaux 1802 Aquatint by J Wells Printer s wrinkle 175 F Gibson Copenhagen

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  • Frederick S. Cozzens' Our Navy
    and Races which contained 27 chromolithographs and his work was so well received that Cozzens produced four other series of prints Typical American Yachts 1886 Yachts and Yachting 1887 Our Navy Its Growth and Achievements 1892 and Old Naval Prints 1892 These are nice examples from his work Our Navy illustrating the American Navy just before the turn of the century Each image shows identified ships of the navy in port or on the high seas The accurate and detailed illustrations of the older sailing ships and the newer iron clad steamers makes these as historically fascinating as they are attractive 1 The Baltimore and Boston 275 2 Atlanta Chicago Yorktown and Boston 275 3 Charleston San Francisco 275 4 The New York Cushing and Richmond 275 5 The Miantonomoh and Newark 275 6 Kearsarge and Constitution 325 7 The Alarm Philadelphia and Vesuvius 275 8 The Machias Massachusetts and Castine 275 9 The Enterprise Pennsylvania South Carolina and Hornet 275 10 The Philadelphia Petrel and Vesuvius 275 11 The Pensacola Hartford Franklin and Powhatan 275 12 The Machias Iowa and Katahdin 275 13 Monitors Passaic Monadnock Nantucket Keokuk and New Ironsides 275 14 The Monterey Detroit and Oregon 275

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  • Antique Ship Prints
    perhaps at Le Havre 1 200 Le Louis XIV Vaisseau de 1st Rang Servant D École Aux Matelots Canonniers en Rade de Brest The Louis XIV A vessel of 1st Rating Being used as a school for the sailors in the Roads of Brest From La Flotte de Nos Jours Some minor blemishes This view of the man of war Le Louis XIV was from a series of prints showing The fleet of our day It delineates this ship which had been converted into a school for sailors and gunners and which lay in the Road of Brest 1 200 Josiah Taylor Fifth Annual Sailing Barge Match London J Taylor 1868 16 1 4 x 28 1 4 Lithograph by J Taylor Original hand color Good margins with some chipping and repaired tears one tear extending into sky at top Minor surface blemishes Overall very good condition and appearance A beautifully drawn and lithographed print of a Thames sailing barge race The Thames sailing barges were a commercial boat used on the Thames River during the nineteenth century They were flat bottomed and so could float in very shallow water it was said that they could sail wherever a duck could swim Their maneuverability and shallow draft made them perfect to work the Thomas and its estuary though they were used elsewhere around England Beginning in 1863 a barge owner Henry Dodd began an annual race for the barges for fun pride to hone the sailing skills of the sailors and to encourage improvements in design Dodd was a plough boy who made a fortune disposing London s waste using the barges upon his death in 1881 he left  5000 for future match prizes ensuring the continuation of the races The matches have been run intermittently since and they

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  • Antique Marine Prints
    such publications as Harper s Weekly The Daily Graphic and Frank Leslie s Illustrated Magazine Cozzens also exhibited at the New York Watercolor Society In 1880 the New York Yacht Club commissioned a set of six watercolors which are still hanging in the club today By 1883 Cozzens was a well established marine illustrator and decided to turn his watercolors into prints His first publication was American Yachts Their Clubs and Races which contained 27 chromolithographs These views are considered to be Cozzens finest work vividly conveying the atmosphere and thrill of the yacht races they depict The portfolio of full color chromolithographs was released in a limited edition of signed artist s proofs and later in a second printing as color prints The set included twenty five scenes of yachting activity a signal chart featuring the flags of sixty six yacht clubs and an extra plate which must have been included at the last possible moment of the 1885 America s Cup race between Puritan and Genesta Cozzens work was so well received that he produced four other series of prints Typical American Yachts 1886 Yachts and Yachting 1887 Our Navy Its Growth and Achievements 1892 and Old Naval Prints 1892 By the turn of the century Cozzens turned to drawing more beach scenes seascapes and European vessels than he did yachting scenes but it is for the latter which he is most famous These are excellent examples from his most famous series American Yachts It wonderfully conveys the realism and vividness of Cozzens best work Plate 21 A Misty Morning Drifting Utowana Nokomis Crusader Hildegard 1 800 Plate 23 Before the Wind Newport 1881 Social Vixen Arrow Permelia Maggie Framed with brass plate Minor spots in sky 1 800 Plate 24 Under the Palisades Stranger Rover Atalanta With original backing board no label 1 400 News Images of Yachts Newspapers like Harper s Weekly in New York and The Graphic in London flourished in the last half of the nineteenth and early twentieth century In weekly issues such papers presented a mixture of news stories sporting events gossip poetry and most notably wood engraved illustrations These pictures remain one of the best sources for lively informative images of nineteenth century America and Great Britain Before photography developed as a viable medium for mass publication of images engravings made from artists sketches relayed news of both the everyday and the extraordinary to newspaper and magazine audiences In the prints listed here sporting fans of all eras can appreciate dynamic images of timeless boats Yachting in America London The Graphic November 4 1871 Wood engraving 8 3 4 x 11 5 8 150 Running Free to the Nore A Sketch from the Deck of a Competing Yacht London The Graphic July 13 1872 Wood engraving 8 3 4 x 11 3 4 85 Going Ahead Sketched on Board a Leading Yacht in a Regatta off Cowes Isle of Wight New York Harper s Weekly Supplement June 16 1875 12 1

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