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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.

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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.
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Celebrating Mexico's 154th Anniversary of Cinco de Mayo

By Katie on May 5, 2016 at 10:56 am

We wish we were in Mexico to celebrate the 154th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo! This day commemorates the triumph of the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, and is a definitive moment in which Mexico, as a young nation, was able to defend itself against foreign intervention. As an alternative to celebrating in Mexico, we enjoyed digging through our inventory to find some wonderful antique lithographs showing Mexico during this historic time period.

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Obscura Day and Anthansius Kircher

By Katie on Apr 16, 2016 at 11:16 am

The Antiquarium is excited to join Atlas Obscura in celebrating Obscura Day 2016, a day for revealing unusual places and exploring the hidden wonders of the world. We think this map of Atlantis printed in 1660, titled De Onder-Aardse Wereld, by Athanasius Kircher fits the bill! Kircher, a Jesuit professor and scholar, was the first to propose that the Azores, a group of Portuguese islands in the Atlantic, were the mountain peaks of the sunken Atlantis. The Latin label reads "site of Atlantis, now beneath the sea, according to the beliefs of the Egyptians and the description of Plato."

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Holiday Print Postcards for the Season!

By Katie on Dec 16, 2015 at 12:56 pm

The Antiquarium's beautiful and joyous antique holiday prints and postcards include a few that provide insight into early 20th century humor. We have a large collection of splendid antique post cards which contain cheerful holiday depictions of Santa Claus, gifts, angels and more. As a counterpoint, some are rather dark and ominous. The three images of the small girl and her teddy bears are great examples of this. Note the large bear gleefully making off with the hapless child while the small bear wields cutlery in anticipation of an unusual holiday feast. The Antiquarium team is pleased to offer an extensive selection of antique cards, prints and maps to please any holiday sentiment!

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November New and Notable

By Katie on Nov 25, 2015 at 9:59 am

New Map of the State of Texas, Richardson, 1860, Hand-colored Lithograph.
Richardson's New Map of the State of Texas Including Part of Mexico was compiled from government surveys and other authentic documents published by Charles Desilver in Philadelphia. This map was engraved expressly for Richardson's Texas Almanac of 1861. Notably, the 1860 edition was significantly larger and more detailed than its predecessors.

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Corps of Discovery's Epic Journey

By Katie on Aug 2, 2015 at 1:13 pm

The epic journey of western discovery in America was commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson and conducted by the Corps of Discovery from 1804 - 1806. This map was the product. Commanded by Captains Lewis and Clark, the Corps consisted of the cream of frontier and Eastern society - 29 men and one woman hardened by life in an infant republic and inspired by the philosophy and values of the Enlightenment.

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