Evening with the Texas GLO: Mapping Texas

By Katie on Feb 6, 2017 at 1:56 pm

The Antiquarium is pleased to host an evening with James Harkins of the Texas General Land Office, Wednesday the 22nd of February from 6:30 to 8:30.
20% of revenue from unframed art sales during the event will benefit the Save Texas History program of the Texas General Land Office.
James will be speaking about the GLO's new exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science: Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State. Featuring maps dating from 1513 to 1920, the special exhibition traces more than 400 years of Texas history.

Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State Opens at Houston Museum of Natural Science.

The Texas General Land Office will lend 50 maps of Texas, representing more than 400 years of its history, to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for a nine-month exhibition opening January 27, 2017. Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State opens just in time to welcome visitors to Houston for Super Bowl LI.

Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State will be in the Hamill Gallery and feature maps dating between 1513-1920. The works in this exhibition are mainly from the archival collection of the Texas General Land Office and Houston map collectors Frank and Carol Holcomb. Additionally, there are items on loan from the Witte Museum in San Antonio and the Bryan Museum in Galveston.

This exhibit illustrates how centuries of political changes shaped Texas, with an emphasis on the fact that in order for a place to be claimed, it needed to first be mapped. Mapping Texas features many of the most important, influential, and rare maps of Texas, the United States, and North America.

Some of the maps presented in this exhibit include Martin Waldseemüller’s 1513 Tabula Terre Nove, one of the earliest maps of the Americas; Paolo Forlani’s Discoveries of New France (1566), an early view of North America; Thomas Jefferys’s The Western Coast of Louisiana and the Coast of New Leon (1775), one of the first modern maps of the Texas Coast; and Alexander Von Humboldt’s 1809 General Map of the Kingdom of New Spain, which was highly influential in the mapping of Texas and the American west.

Also on display are oversized maps of Texas including a copy of Stephen F. Austin’s 1837 Connected Map of Austin’s Colony; a one-of-a-kind manuscript map documenting the boundary between the U.S. and the Republic of Texas, when it was first surveyed in 1841, which is over 14-feet long; the largest ever lithographed map of Texas, the 8 ft. x 8 ft. Pressler and Langermann Map of the State of Texas from 1879; and many more.


Book Hunters Club Talk

By Katie on Jan 22, 2017 at 1:51 pm

Ed gave an inspiring talk on early maps, atlases, and both the importance and joy of collecting, while hosting the Book Hunters Club at the gallery last week. The Book Hunters Club is a group of like-minded individuals who appreciate and observe history through their love of books. We carry a selection of atlases from the 1500s through to the 1900s. At The Antiquarium we love the opportunity to share our passion with those around us.

Custom Framing

The Antiquarium Custom Framing Partner Profile Of The Week

By Katie on Dec 1, 2016 at 4:38 pm

The Antiquarium Custom Framing Partner Profile of the Week.
The Antiquarium is proud to feature frames by House of Mercier. Hand wrapped leather of fine Peruvian materials and craftsmanship distinguish these handmade frames.


November Newsletter

By Katie on Nov 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm

As we move into Thanksgiving week, we are thinking about our nation's origins. The Antiquarium team are pleased to feature works by Jan Jansson.

This is an authentic antique map of the east coast of North America during its early colonial period. The map was published in Amsterdam in 1636.

This early and important map of the east coast of North America spans from the Outer Banks in present day North Carolina to Nova Scotia. The map was derived from Johannes de Laet’s 1630 map of the area, but adds a little more detail, especially further inland. Jansson’s map was highly influential mostly because of the vast distribution of the atlas in which this map was published.

The map displays early detail within Nieuw Nederland (New York), particularly along the Delaware (Zuydt) and Hudson (Noordt) Rivers.

Design Inspiration

Ortelius's Renaissance Masterwork

By Katie on Aug 30, 2016 at 12:27 pm

"Typus Orbis Terrarum", Ortelius’s Renaissance Masterwork World Map from the rare 1608/1612 Italian Edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Plate 3, state 1. 14 x 19. Original copperplate engraving. Full old hand color.

Custom Framing

Celebrate Summer with Bright Botanicals!

By Katie on Jul 14, 2016 at 1:35 pm

As we approach the height of summer, what better way to embrace the sun than to purchase a vividly hand-colored and custom framed botanical! Each piece is individually designed and archivally framed by our expert team of artisans. Benjamin Maund (1790-1863), the engraver of the lovely prints below, published the Botanic Garden journal starting in 1825 from Worcestershire, England. In a total of 13 volumes, Maund delicately depicted the flowering plants growing in the Royal Gardens. He dedicated the journal to the young Queen Victoria.

To explore more of our extensive collection of antique prints, or to purchase any of the pieces below, we invite you to visit our gallery on Upper Kirby, shop online, or give us a call at 713-622-7531!

Design Inspiration

May and June New and Notable

By Katie on May 27, 2016 at 2:57 pm

The Antiquarium is pleased to present the following compilation of a few of our most favorite current offerings. 
View of Nablus, 1843, David Roberts. Hand-colored lithograph.
David Roberts (1796-1864) was an illustrious lithographer who produced unprecedented aerial perspective landscapes of the Holy Land and Egypt. Roberts grew up in Scotland, and at the age of 26 moved to England to further pursue his artistic career.  The sketches he made during his first tour of Europe in 1824 established him as a romantic travel painter, which was in vogue at the time. At the pinnacle of his career in 1838, he journeyed to Egypt, Syria, and Palestine to paint the environmental and architectural wonders of the region. Roberts was immediately struck by the exotic beauty of the land, and wrote "I cannot express my feelings on seeing these vast monuments." The lithographs were exclusively published by Francis G. Moon in London. Roberts found immediate success, and received just under four hundred advance subscriptions from patrons including Queen Victoria, the Emperor of Russia and the Kings of France, Austria and Prussia.