New York: G.W. and C.B. Colton & Co., 1855. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1855 by J.H. Colton & Co in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York. No.43." This map is from one of many variations of reprints from Colton's original "General Atlas," that was printed from 1857 through 1888. Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893) founded the family publishing house in 1831, which remained a major American atlas publisher throughout the 19th century. G.W. (George Woolworth) Colton (1827-1901), Along with brother, C.B. (Charles B.) Colton (1832-1916), took control of the company around 1865. It is a steel engraving. Baltimore is divided into hand colored numbered sections surrounded by the renowned Colton decorative outside border. Displays street names, cemeteries, railroad tracks and stations and major buildings including Fort McHenry., featuring the North West, Main and Middle branches of the Patapsco River. The map title is located in the lower left corner and the one mile scale is located just left of the lower right. Simple compass rose is located in upper right corner. The reverse page contains detailed historical and 1855-1860 census statistics on a variety of subjects regarding the state of Delaware. Minor foxing outside border in margin. Size of Map: 33.5cm X 41cm (13 1/4" X 16") Framed. #45461. Near Fine.
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New York: 1889. A leaf from Cram's Standard American Atlas of the World. This is a double page map with original outline color. Virtually all known railroads, finished and unfinished, Post Offices and Money Order Post Offices are indicated. Extensive county, city, township detail. Map measures 56 x 41 cm. or approximately 22.05 x 16.14 inches. Archivally matted. #54274. Near Fine.
Rockville, MD: Crooked Crow Press, 2019. Limited edition of 50 copies. The Kelmscott Bookshop owner Fran Durako worked with master printer Chris Manson to design and print this broadside in honor of the great William Morris and his Kelmscott Press. The work includes two quotations by William Morris. The first is about beautiful houses and books, taken from "A Note by William Morris on his Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press." The second is from "The Ideal Book" and offers his thoughts on printing books. Illustrated with a handsome copy of C.M. Gere's famous illustration of Kelmscott Manor that was the frontispiece for News from Nowhere. In fine condition. Measures 12 x 21.25 inches. PRI/082319. Fine.
Augsburg, Germany: Erhard Ratdolt, 1488. An Incunabula Leaf from the Hungarian Chronicle of Johannes de Thurocz, which was the most extensive Hungarian work of this kind dating from the 15th century. The Chronicle was probably made on the impulse of dignitaries who were working in the Royal court of King Matthias Corvinus. Johannes de Thurocz, a member of Turiec a yeoman family, produced it while working from 1475 as a general notary of a regional judge. Erhard Ratdolt in Ausgburg, Germany printed it on June 3, 1488 for Theobald Feger. There are 8 lines of gothic text in Latin printed single column on paper as well as a 130 x 111 mm woodblock print of the coronation of King Besya. The verso contains 38 lines of the same text with no woodblock print. Beautifully custom framed. #17511. Fine.
Copper Plate Engraving by George Edwards, with original hand coloring on laid paper. Edwards spent most of his life observing and depicting indigenous and non-indigenous species of birds. Many of his drawings were done on commission for the Royal Society and Royal College of Physicians. Edwards is credited with collaborating on the scientific naming and description of about 300 species of birds. The framed print measures 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. #49238. Very Good.