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  • [+] More Rare Objects with a Story - A catalogue published by Antiquariat Dasa Pahor GbR 


    Rare Objects with a Story - A catalogue published by Antiquariat Dasa Pahor GbR
    Published since 04 Nov 2015

    It is not every day that a reviewer of catalogues has it this easy. To sum up the intention of this brilliant catalogue, I can do no better than to quote the introduction: “’Rare Objects with a Story’ endeavours not to be your normal catalogue. It features only thirty items and makes no attempt to be a ‘paint by numbers’ production that features a balanced quota of well-known classics from each part of the world... Read more!

  • [+] More People, Prints and Progress – Or, Why are Prints Important? 


    People, Prints and Progress – Or, Why are Prints Important?
    Published since 12 Oct 2015

    First, the basics: a print is a repeatable image made by a variety of processes, usually on paper or fabric (sometimes other materials like treated animal skin).  Ink is transferred from the printing surface – usually a metal plate, woodblock or limestone block – by exerting pressure, usually by means of a press. The most widely practised traditional processes include woodcut and linocut, etching, engraving, lithography, and, in the 20th century, screenprinting. One person’s idea of what constitutes a print is often very different to another’s. For much of my specialist period, the 18th and 19th centuries – much of it pre-photography – printing was the only medium of mass visual communication.  So the prints I sell can be illuminating ‘primary sources’ for our history.

  • [+] More Collecting - Colortext Maps of the 1930s 


    Collecting - Colortext Maps of the 1930s
    Published since 08 May 2015

    Beginning in 1935 a Chicago publisher, Colortext Publications Inc., issued a series of arresting color pictorial maps, chiefly of European countries, that employ, in the map’s title, the prefix “The Story Map of …” followed by the country or locale’s name.  The maps were intended to convey significant aspects of history and culture pictorially, employing images of places, persons, or design motifs associated with a given nation’s or geographical region’s cultural identity. Unfortunately, very little is known about Colortext’s origins, the personnel involved in its operations, or those individuals responsible for most of the maps that were produced.  Thus a primary objective of this site is to call attention to the firm and its activities with the hope that new information regarding the company and the cartographers involved in its product will be forthcoming.

  • [+] More British Map Engravers: A Dictionary of Engravers, Lithographers and Their Principal Employers to 1850 


    British Map Engravers: A Dictionary of Engravers, Lithographers and Their Principal Employers to 1850
    Published since 08 Jun 2011

    The ultimate guide to the identification of British antique maps and their makers: An illustrated dictionary of over 1,500 members of the map trade in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, of British-born engravers working overseas and foreign engravers working in the British Isles, from the beginnings until the mid 19th century. Included are all the known engravers and lithographers, globemakers and retailers, the principal map sellers and publishers, key cartographers, makers of map-based games and puzzles, but also the remarkable lives of many artists, dealers and publishers, whose fates have been unknown so far.

  • [+] More Did This Rare Color-Plate Book Inspire the Six-Month Dental Check-Up? 


    Did This Rare Color-Plate Book Inspire the Six-Month Dental Check-Up?
    Published since 14 May 2010

    Stop! Read this before you go to the dentist. Maybe you decide not to go … Stephen Gertz about George Cruikshank and the pains of the six-month dental check-up.

  • [+] More Prints on the Art of Satire 


    Prints on the Art of Satire
    Published since 23 Feb 2010

    Early satirical prints are collected as important social documents portraying in a comical style people and situations. The exaggerations of the satirical artist, were not just mere recordings of these people and events ...

  • [+] More Prints as historical evidence: Lincoln’s deathbed 


    Prints as historical evidence: Lincoln’s deathbed
    Published since 16 Dec 2009

    The assassination and death of Abraham Lincoln on April 14th and 15th, 1865 sent a shock throughout the nation, generating an intense desire by the American public to find out details about this tragedy. Printmakers, both for illustrated newspapers and for separately-issued prints, met this public interest with an outpouring of images. As there was no television nor internet at the time, and as there are few photographs of any of the events surrounding Lincoln’s death, these prints provided the public at that time with their only visual assess to the assassination and its aftermath ...

  • [+] More The Color of Old Prints 


    The Color of Old Prints
    Published since 16 Dec 2009

    Many antique prints were initially issued with color, but many have been colored subsequent to their original publication. How does one distinguish between original color and new color? Does it matter? Here is brief guide to what you should know about the color of old prints ...

  • [+] More The Paper of Old Prints 


    The Paper of Old Prints
    Published since 16 Dec 2009

    In previous blogs I have looked at the subject matter which appears in old prints, as well as the processes used to make them. Another important aspect of old prints is the paper upon which the impressions are made, so today we’ll take a look at this subject.

  • [+] More "Proof" Prints 


    "Proof" Prints
    Published since 16 Dec 2009

    What exactly does it mean when one says a print is a "proof"? While the connotation of this term is clearly positive, it is not always clear what specifically it means. In the world of fine art prints the expression has a quite clear meaning.

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