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Historic America video tour of The Old Print Gallery

Last week we filmed with Aaron Killian, writer, historian, and president and founder of Historic America. Aaron is dedicated to bringing the history of our country to life through interactive publishing, tours, and the creation of digital historic research material. We were thrilled to be asked to do a video with him about our collection of historic prints- and to share our unique inventory with a whole new group of followers and history enthusiasts.

In the video, we share seven prints from our inventory, touch upon the role of prints throughout history, and talk a bit about our long 40+ year history as a gallery. It was fun morning of filming- Aaron was an engaging host, and kept the whole process super easy for this video newbie, asking stimulating and smart questions and sharing interesting facts along the way.

For more information on the prints show in the video, follow the links below:
Montanus 17th century view of St. Augustine
Edward Savage portrait of the Washington Family
Original Washington Monument Plan
Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln
Currier and Ives’ lithograph of The Battle of Bull Run
Colton’s Washington DC map
DC Circus Poster

We hope you enjoy the video! Thanks again to Aaron Killian of Historic America– we encourage all of our blog readers to book a tour with Aaron you will see DC in a whole new light and learn a lot! Also, make sure to check out the Historic America blog– you can spend hours watching his videos and reading about our nation’s past (and present)- a fantastic site for history-buffs.

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May 2014 Showcase- Read it Now!

Our new May 2014 Showcase has been sent out to our mailing list, and should hit mailboxes this week. The month’s catalog features a wide range of prints related to architecture. Highlights include antique black and white engravings of architectural elements by Domenico de Rossi, compelling bird’s eye views of cities both foreign and domestic, as well as Gualtieri’s 1742 engravings of shells in spherical, spiked, and fractal forms. The showcase also highlights a sampling of early 20th century and contemporary explorations of space, light, and perspective by artists like Martin Lewis, Emilio Sanchez, John Ross, and many more.

Published in both traditional and digital media forms, we are now able to share our fantastic collection in a whole new way.  We are already working on our next issue, which should arrive in September. To receive our next Showcase, just send us your mailing information, via email.

Read the May Showcase:

The Old Print Gallery Showcase. Volume XXXVII, Number 2 May 2014 CLICK TO READ

The Old Print Gallery Showcase
Volume XXXVII, Number 2
May 2014
CLICK TO READ

We hope you enjoy it!

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Besler Botanicals

Below are three hand-colored copper engravings from Basil Besler’s Hortus Eystettensis, the first great florilegium. Published in Eichstatt, 1613, two of these prints come from the first edition. Besler’s botanical work “is without doubt one of the greatest flower books ever produced in any country,” according to De Belder. It is “splendid in its array of large drawings, magnificent as a record of the plants in a German garden at the beginning of the seventeenth century” (Hunt). An apothecary and botanist, Besler was in charge of designing and maintaining the celebrated garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, Prince Bishop of Eichstatt. Besler spent 16 years creating the drawings for this work.

Hortus Eystettensis consists of 374 plates, arranged according to season. More than 1,000 flowers are depicted, representing 667 species. Dramatic and often intensely colored, the Besler florals are the largest early botanical prints ever made. Not until the publication of Dr. Robert Thornton’s Temple of Flora 200 years later was there another botanical work fine enough to equal Besler’s.

Asparagus domesticus. Thyrsus Aasparagi. Basilius Besler. Engraving handcolored, 1613. Paper size about 22 x 17 7/8" (565 x 455mm). Good condition with later hand color.

Asparagus domesticus. Thyrsus Aasparagi. Basilius Besler. Engraving handcolored, 1613. Paper size about 22 x 17 7/8″ (565 x 455mm). Good condition with later hand color.

Cinara major Boloniensis, Cinara Genuensium, Cinara seu Artischochi vulgatior. (Artichoke). Basilius Besler. Engraving, hand colored. 1618-c.1640. Sheet size 20 3/8 x 17" (520 x 432  mm). Overall good condition.  Currently located at The Old Print Shop in NYC.

Cinara major Boloniensis, Cinara Genuensium, Cinara seu Artischochi vulgatior. (Artichoke). Basilius Besler. Engraving, hand colored. 1618-c.1640. Sheet size 20 3/8 x 17″ (520 x 432 mm). Overall good condition.
Currently located at The Old Print Shop in NYC.

Helleboraster maximus. Basilius Besler. Engraving, c.1640. Sheet size 21 7/8 x 17 1/4" (557 x 438 mm). Good condition and color. Currently located at The Old Print Shop in NYC.

Helleboraster maximus. Basilius Besler. Engraving, c.1640. Sheet size 21 7/8 x 17 1/4″ (557 x 438 mm). Good condition and color. Currently located at The Old Print Shop in NYC.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts

Still searching for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift? Don’t know what to get that special someone? Check out our Valentine’s Day gift ideas below:

1. Antique Valentine’s Day Cards

While handmade Valentine’s Day cards were in existence long before, the first printed paper cards made in the United States appeared around 1840. We  have cards with cute sayings, sweet messages, and beautiful hand-cut paper lace. We also sell many stand-up cards with a base and several three-dimensional fold-out layers, which were popular designs from about 1895 until 1915.  Prices start at $15 and go up from there.

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My Love to Thee : Unworthy are my hands to hold those dainty hands in mine, : Unworthy are my lips to touch those rosy lips of thine… Paper lace, c.1900.

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I Love You. Hang on to me, My Valentine. Die-cut color lithograph. Undated, c.1920.

2. Flower Prints

Give her a bouquet of flowers that will never wilt and die. We have a very large antique print collection of flowers and floral arrangements. Hand colored in nature’s full spectrum and intricately engraved, these prints make a beautiful and thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift!

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[Monnoyer Floral Arrangement in Classical Vase]. By Jean Baptiste Monnoyer. Published by N. de Poilly, Paris. Etching with engraving, hand colored, c. 1670-80.

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Fritillaria imperialis. Linn. Pl. II. By Pierre Joseph Buchoz. Engraving, hand colored, 1775-78. From Buchoz’ “Histoire Universelle du Regne Vegetale”, published Paris.

3. RED prints

Our new contemporary show, aptly named RED, features prints in this passionate and romantic hue. Pick the bold and pulsating Fast Forward or go with the subdued and modern To be Received Again. The show features a huge range of styles to choose from. And if you are looking for a Valentine’s Day date idea- RED opens on February 15th, with a nighttime reception and party. Interesting art + free wine= great date!

Fast Forward by Rosemary Cooley. Monotype, 2006.

Fast Forward by Rosemary Cooley. Monotype, 2006.

To Be Received Again. By Heather McMordie. Lithograph with collagraph, on Stonehenge paper, 2012. Titled and signed by artist in print.  Edition 2/6. $350.00

To Be Received Again. By Heather McMordie. Lithograph with collagraph, on Stonehenge paper, 2012. Titled and signed by artist in print. Edition 2/6.

4. City Views and Maps

Gift your sweet someone a map or view of a special city. Whether it is of the place you met or married, a shared favorite travel spot, or where you both live (and love), city plans and scenes are a personal and unique gift idea.

Grundriss von Washington der neuen Hauptstadt der vereinigten Staaten von Nord-America. By Andrew Ellicott. From an unidentified German publication. Engraving.

Grundriss von Washington der neuen Hauptstadt der vereinigten Staaten von Nord-America. By Andrew Ellicott. From an unidentified German publication. Engraving.

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Le Penseur de Notre Dame. John Taylor Arms. Etching, 1923.

5. Cupid Prints

In classical mythology, Cupid (Latin Cupido, meaning “desire”) is the god of desire, affection and love. Celebrate and pay homage to this winged matchmaker with a print from the 17th century “Amorous Mottoes.”

Omnia fentit Amor.  XIII. By A. Diepenbeke. Published Antwerp. Copper engraving, hand colored, 1660. 17th century Amorous Mottoes, with Latin inscriptions.

Omnia fentit Amor. XIII. By A. Diepenbeke. Published Antwerp. Copper engraving, hand colored, 1660. 17th century Amorous Mottoes, with Latin inscriptions.

Omnibus aptus Amor.  XV. By A. Diepenbeke. Published Antwerp. Copper engraving, hand colored, 1660. 17th century Amorous Mottoes, with Latin inscriptions.

Omnibus aptus Amor. XV. By A. Diepenbeke. Published Antwerp. Copper engraving, hand colored, 1660. 17th century Amorous Mottoes, with Latin inscriptions.

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2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: The Children

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CHILDREN copyToday we present our are best gift ideas for the children on your holiday list. Instead of giving them clothes that they will grow out of, or toys they will lose interest in, why not gift them great art they can enjoy now and cherish later? These prints and maps would look great in a nursery or kids room, or adorning the living room and play room walls. Below are our gift suggestions for the children. Enjoy!

After the Rain II. By Antonio Frasconi. Woodcut, 1969. Inscribed "ed. 25." $600.00.

After the Rain II. By Antonio Frasconi. Woodcut, 1969. Inscribed “ed. 25.” $600.00.

Pet. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Inscribed "47/51." $95.00.

Pet. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Inscribed “47/51.” $95.00.

General Map of the United States. By John Bartholomew. Published by T. Ellwood Zell, Philadelphia. Chromolithograph, 1873. From " Zell’s Descriptive Hand Atlas of the World."

General Map of the United States. By John Bartholomew. Published by T. Ellwood Zell, Philadelphia. Chromolithograph, 1873. From ” Zell’s Descriptive Hand Atlas of the World.”

The Town / The Arriving. By Thomas Seawell. Silkscreen, 1982. Signed, titled, and in pencil.  Diptych. $300.00.

The Town / The Arriving. By Thomas Seawell. Silkscreen, 1982. Signed, titled, and in pencil. Diptych. $300.00.

Pig Bookseller. (Supplied title). Color lithograph, 1980. Whimsical scene of a street book vendor passing the store of "P. Sloat Ltd.  Bookseller."  All of the characters pictured are pigs.  Signed, "Hartt '80" in pencil and inscribed "239/250." $185.00

Pig Bookseller. (Supplied title). Color lithograph, 1980. Whimsical scene of a street book vendor passing the store of “P. Sloat Ltd. Bookseller.” All of the characters pictured are pigs. Signed, “Hartt ’80” in pencil and inscribed “239/250.” $185.00

Seald-Pep. Waverly Growers Cooperative. Color lithograph, c. 1930's. Image of old plane in flight. ORIGIN: Waverly, FL. SHIPPER/GROWER: Waverly Growers Cooperative. Original fruit crate label. $12.50.

Seald-Pep. Waverly Growers Cooperative. Color lithograph, c. 1930’s. Image of old plane in flight. ORIGIN: Waverly, FL. SHIPPER/GROWER: Waverly Growers Cooperative. Original fruit crate label. $12.50.

Coastal Whimsey. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Inscribed "44/55."

Coastal Whimsey. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Inscribed “44/55.” $225.00.

Johnny Sayre. By John Ross. Woodcut, Inscribed "Artists proof." $250.00.

Johnny Sayre. By John Ross. Woodcut. Inscribed “Artists proof.” $250.00.

Blue Deck. Sidney Hurwitz. Handcolored aquatint, 1994. Inscribed "22/25." $700.00.

Blue Deck. Sidney Hurwitz. Hand-colored aquatint, 1994. Inscribed “22/25.” $700.00.

Unicorn et al. (supplied title). By Arnoldus Montanus. Published by Jacob van Meurs, Amsterdam. Copper plate engraving, 1671. From Montanus' "De Nieuwe en Onbe kende Weereld: of Beschryving van America".  This view collects a menagerie of unusual animals that are found in the Americas including the elusive unicorn, an eagle, beaver and deer. $85.00

Unicorn et al. (supplied title). By Arnoldus Montanus. Published by Jacob van Meurs, Amsterdam. Copper plate engraving, 1671. From Montanus’ “De Nieuwe en Onbe kende Weereld: of Beschryving van America”. This view collects a menagerie of unusual animals that are found in the Americas including the elusive unicorn, an eagle, beaver and deer. $85.00

Check back soon for more great gift ideas- for everyone on your list. To view past gift guides, see below:

All sales can be made in store or over the phone. Our gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, from 10am to 5:20pm. The number at the gallery is (202) 965-1818.

 

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