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USSR: c 1941-1945. A collection of 20 Russian medals from the WWII era housed in a shadowbox. The medals present include the following: Capture of Konigsberg; Medal for Valor; Medal for Combat Service; Defense of Kiev; Defense of Stalingrad; Victory over Japan; Victory over Germany; Defense of Odessa; Capture of Berlin; Defense of Moscow; Capture of Budapest; Defense of Caucasus; Defense of Sevastopol; Defense of Soviet Polar Region; Defense of Leningrad; Defense of Prague; Liberation of Warsaw; Liberation of Belgrad; Capture of Vienna; and Medal for Meritorious Labor during the Great Patriotic War. A copy of this inventory is included with the lot. Condition: Very Good. Medals and ribbons both show some signs of age (tarnish, some change of color in the ribbons0 but the imprints on the metal are still very sharp.
London: Parliamentary Recruiting Committee. A military recruitment poster mounted on a lightweight canvas. The poster depicts a man in an army green uniform blowing a horn. The background behind him is dark yellow and next to him there is text: Another Call. Below this image against the army green background there is text in white stating: “ More Men and Still More Until the Enemy is Crushed” Lord Kitchener. Condition: Good+. The overall surface shows only slight fading. The edges have mild wrinkling. Published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London. Poster No. 21. Printed by Hill, Siffken & Co. (L.P.A.Ltd), Grafton Works, Holloway, London. Dimensions w 19 1/8 in x h 28.25 in.
This is a military poster showing a soldier in uniform holding a rifle. The background is off-white and the illustration is grayish green in color. Next to the figure is written: Another Notch Chateau Thierry. Beneath the image reads: U.S. Marines. Condition: Good- . There are several chips to the edges. Mild discoloration due to sunning. Dimensions 30 in x h 23 7/8 in.
Two piece poster set. Dark red background with off-white text. Horizontal images of large, bold text. First poster reads: “LEND!” Second poster reads: “Buy Early” in large lettering with smaller print at bottom stating, “Victory Liberty Loan”. Condition: Good- to Fair. Several chips to the edges of both pieces. Slight overall sun fading. Dimensions w 27 3/8 in x h 20 3/8 in.
Maryland. Sepia photograph (15 x 10.5 in) mounted on board, matted and framed. The artifacts wired around the photo include four iron nails, a spring-loaded sash window “catch,” and a skeleton key; the texts mounted on the mat describe the original locations of these objects and the history of Duddington Manor. The home belonged to the Carrolls of Duddington, a branch of the prominent Maryland Carroll family and relatives of the Charles Carroll who signed the Declaration of Independence. Photograph condition: Very Good. Mat shows some age-toning and soiling. Wooden frame in poor condition. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 29 x 24 inches. Provenance: This item came from a direct descendent of Charles Carroll.
1918. A vertically oriented posterdepicting a soldier bearing a gun monuted with a bayonet. The text reads "Come On! Buy More Liberty Bonds." The poster was designed by Walter Whitehead, and is dated 1918. Condition: Good to Very Good. Some age toning, and several small closed tears are visible along the bottom of the poster. Framed but not matted; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 21 1/8 in x h 31 in.
Paris: Devambez Imp. Large vertically oriented poster mounted on canvas. The background of the poster is light beige. The colors blue, white and red are the border for the interior image and text. A black and white illustration depicting an eagle and a rooster is drawn at the top half of the poster. Below the image the text in French reads: Pour que la France soit Victorieuse! Souscrivez au 4eme EMPRUNT DE LA DEFENSE NATIONALE, CREDIT FRANCAIS, 52.54, Rue De Chateaudun, PARIS. Condition: Good. Slight darkening to edges due to age. Slight crease vertically along the center of the poster. Some crinkling to corners and edges. Printed by Devambez. Imp. Paris; Visa No. 13290. Dimensions w 32 3/8 in x h 47.25 in.
Paris. Large horizontally oriented poster. Poster is mounted on a lightweight canvas. The image depicted is a nude man wearing a hat and belted sheath with a sword pointed at a large hawk on a greenish yellow background with dark beige edges. The man pulls a large flowing cloth of red, white and blue from the beak of the hawk with his other hand. Text above the illustration the text states: CREDIT LYONNAIS; and below reads: SOUSCRIVEZ AV 4e EMPRUNT NATIONAL. Condition: Good- to Good. Edges show wrinkling with some moisture staining at the top edge. Mild foxing to tail edge. Printed by Devambez, Paris. Visa 13.098. Dimensions w 48 in x h 34 in.
Lovanii: Apud Hieronymum Wellaeum, 1566. 193 numbered leaves (386 pp.). Text in Latin. Small octavo in an early vellum binding. Cropping to handwritten marginalia indicates that the volume has been rebound at least once. Condition: Very Good. The vellum is somewhat soiled and the boards slightly warped. Minor insect damage to spine. The pastedowns have torn in several places due to shrinking vellum, but the binding is overall very tight. There are some pencilled notes on endpapers and in margins and ink marginalia throughout the body of the text. The interior is age-toned. Dimensions 4 x 5.875 x 1.125 inches. Shelved case 3.
c 1765. Two extracts from the folio edition of Diderot Encyclopédie, circa 1765. Manufacture des Glaces: nine pages of text and 46 plates. Depicts the production of plate glass, along with the tools and machinery employed. Lunettier: one page of text and four plates. Depicts an optician’s shop making lenses, and the tools and machinery employed. The importance of Diderot’s Encyclopedie as a revolutionary text is in part due to its embracing of an unprecedented range and depth of subjects. Through this, both the text and illustrations provide valuable insights into the materials and methodologies used by the artists and craftsmen of Diderot’s day. These details were rarely recorded, which makes glimpses captured in the Encyclopedie entries uniquely important and fascinating. Condition: Good. A fascicle in brown paper wraps with mild chipping and wear. Scattered spotting and slight browning consistent with age. Light and scattered pencil notations. Dimensions 10.75 x 15.875 x 0.625 inches.
Paris: Imprimerie de Vaugirard. A large vertically oriented poster mounted on lightweight canvas. The poster’s background is beige. The image depicted in the poster is in full color and shows three military figures in a battle. The text of the poster is in French. The heading reads: EMPRUNT DE LA LIBERATION. There are three words within the illustration: On les. At the bottom of the poster there is text stating: Souscrivez a la/London County & Westminster Bank (Paris) Ltd/22, Place Vendome Paris. Condition: Good to Very Good. Poster edges have mild foxing. Printed by Imprimerie de Vaugirard, Paris. Visa No. 13426. Dimensions w 30.5 in x h 45.75 in.
Four small maps framed together, each illustrating some portion of North and South America. The set includes the following: 1) Nova Virginiae Tabula, by Pieter van den Keere and Jan Jansson, Amsterdam, 1631. A fine example of the 1631 German edition of Jansson’s derivative of John Smith’s highly important map of 1612, which was the only regional map of North America to appear in the Atlas Minor Gerardi Mercatoris. The map shows a fascinating early look at the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding environs, including American Indian tribes, villages, rivers, and other early details. According to Burden, this is the first derivative of the Smith map to appear in an atlas, pre-dating the Hondius map by two years. 2) America, from Gerard Mercator’s Atlas Minor. This extremely popular volume was first published in 1607, but this map is c. 1610. 3) L’Amerique septentrionale, by Guillaume de Lisle (1675-1726). This map is taken from La science des personnes de la cour, de l'épée et de la robe, volume 1. This encyclopedia was published in Amsterdam by Francois L’Honore in 1707. 4) Descriptio Terrae Novae: Virginia et Nova Francia, 1618. This charming miniature map depicts the east coast of North America, and is based on Hondius’s world map from 1611. It does not incorporate new information from Samuel de Champlain (in Canada and along the Great Lakes) or of John Smith (in the Chesapeake Bay are and New England). The area from present-day New York to Maine is labeled Norenbega, and the area further south is labeled Virginia, with the Chesapeake Bay noticeably missing. A region just east of a large mountain range (the Appalachian mountains) is labeled Alpachen, and the St. Lawrence River features prominently at the top. Latin text on verso. Condition: all Very Good, with light to moderate even age toning. One map (3) shows a light crease, and one (2) appears to have a small tear at the bottom margin which does not impact the image. Double matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 23.75 x h 18.5 in.
Regensburg: Zunkle, 1756. Text in German, Translated to German by D. Martin Luther; Elephant folio. Full leather binding with elaborate blind tooling on covers and spine, and with gilt lettering on spine. Brass corner guards and clasps (fully functional). Text printed in blackletter, with some small inset illustrations and occasional full-page plates. Text block is free of writing. This book is a 1756 printing of the German translation of the Bible prepared by Martin Luther, one of the foremost figures of the Reformation movement. Luther’s translation of the Bible into German was wildly popular, owned by perhaps one third of all literate Germans during Luther’s own lifetime. Luther’s was not the first translation of the Bible into German, but it was the first to bypass the Latin Vulgate, and work instead directly from Hebrew and Greek texts. It had a transformative impact on the German language, much as the writings of Shakespeare or the King James translation of the Bible did in English. Condition: Good to Very Good. The covers show shelf wear, and one corner guard is slightly bent. There are crease lines on the spine and some cracking to joints and hinges. The textblock has some wear to edges, as well as foxing and age-toning on pages. Minor soiling from handling on end papers, bubbling on paste downs. Cracking to the lower half of the gutter between pages 544 and 545. Dimensions 12 x 17.625 x 5 inches.
Columbus Erdglobus, 1937/1938. A terrestrial globe produced by the German company Columbus Erdglobus. This model shows, in addition to contemporary political boundaries, global sea routes. It is mounted on a wooden stand. Condition: Good. Some cracking and separation at the seam at the equator, and some minor general scuffing to the surface of the globe. Dimensions w 14 in x h 26.5 in.
London: Parliamentary Recruiting Committee. Vertical poster has a dark brown background with beige edges. Poster is mounted on white poster board. Image consists entirely of dark yellow and white text. The text reads: Germany’s Battle Cry is “Germany over All” And her Navy drinks to “The Day” When she hopes to Smash Britain’s Fleet. BRITAIN is FIGHTING Not Only for the FREEDOM of EUROPE BUT TO DEFEND YOUR MOTHERS, WIVES & SISTERS FROM THE HORRORS OF WAR. We must crush this idea Of “GERMANY OVER ALL”. Condition: Good to Good+. The poster’s edges are slightly age toned. The interior image shows mild sunning with some white spotting toward the top edge. Minor chip to left side near the edge. Published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London. Poster No. 39. Printed by Howard & Jones Ltd, London. Dimensions w 19.75 in x h 30 3/8 in.
London: Parliamentary Recruiting Committee. Military recruitment poster has an illustration showing a portrait of an elderly man in a gray uniform in a gold frame. The British flag with a wreath at the top is draped around the picture. Beneath the portrait is a thin sword and helmet. A small staff rests to the left side and a medal to the left side. The poster's background is off-white and the text is dark brown. The poster's caption reads: He did his duty. Will YOU do YOURS? Condition: Good to Good+. The overall coloring is slightly faded with minor wear to the edges. Poster is mounted on a lightweight canvas. Published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London. Poster No. 20. Printed by Johnson, Riddle & Co., Ltd, London. Dimensions w 19.75 in x h 30 7/8 in.
Government Loan Organization. Ivory white military recruitment poster mounted on white poster board. The poster consists only of black text inside a thin red border. The heading reads: I AM NEW YORK AND THIS IS MY CREED. Below the heading are several paragraphs of text describing New York from a biographical perspective. Condition: Good+. Very light sunning toward the edges. Slight wrinkling to surface showing where adhesive was applied, mostly at edges. Produced by the Government Loan Organization, Second Federal Reserve District, Liberty Loan Committee, New York. Dimensions w 20 in x h 24 in.
1944. This 1944 volume was jointly published by the U.S. Army and Navy, to provide American soldiers with a guide to the uniforms of enemy soldiers.It is heavily illustrated in full color, and each page is dated with a month and year to indicate the currency of the information given. Condition: Good only. The cover has become detached, though it is still present, and the cloth binding shows some evidence of wear. The pages show some age toning and, on the first page, age spots, but the text block is free of markings. Dimensions w 10 5/8 in x h 6.5 in.
United War Work Campaign. Large rectangular poster with white edges and blue illustration on dark beige background. The illustration is mounted on the poster board. Image shows three men in military uniforms. The drawing is at the top portion of the poster dated 1918, signed by M. Leone Bracker. Beneath the drawing, dark blue text reads: ‘Keep’em smiling! help War Camp Community Service’; other text below reads: “morale is winning the war”. Red and blue circular emblem to the lower left, states: War Camp Community Service. Last text at bottom of poster states, United War Work Campaign. Condition: Good-. Some wrinkles to edges. Two repaired defects toward top of illustration. Slight foxing with age toning at top right edge and at left side toward edge. Dimensions w 28.75 in x h 43.75 in.
Paris: H. Agasse, 1805. Quarto. Full tree calf binding with gilt lettering and ornamentation on paneled spine; hand-printed blue and white end papers. The text block is clean, and the leaves are printed on one side only. The volume presents a number of plates from an earlier dictionary of fine arts, which depict tools, techniques, and studio scenes for various categories of fine art. Condition: Good only. The binding shows minor fraying, scratches, and shelf wear consistent with age. Several plates are detached but present or damaged: “Composition et Expression” has been tipped in and then cut out with no damage to the plate. Plate 13 under Dessin [Drawing], “Jambes et Pieds,” has been cut out and then tucked back into the book in its original place. Plate 1 under Sculpture en Bois [Sculpture in Wood], “Vignette, atelier du sculpteur en boise, et outils,” has been removed and cut into three sections. As it originally depicted three separate images on a single page, only one of the three images was damaged in this process, but the printed title that accompanied the image has been lost. In addition, the final page of the table of contents has been removed and cut down slightly, but the page is tucked into the volume and there is no damage to the text. Two plates are absent from the book. Plate 8 under Gravure en taille-douce [Intaglio], “Gravure en manière de crayon,” has been removed. Plate 38 under Dessin [Drawing], “Proportions de la Vénus de Médicis,” is likewise absent. Dimensions 9.25 x 12 x 1.375 inches.
Paris: Lapina. Imp. This poster is mounted on canvas and has a dark beige background. The poster’s image depicts a religious figure in long white, red and gold robes holding a staff. Below the figure are several figures in a black and white rendering. The caption at the bottom of the drawing reads: Le Cardinal Mercier Protege La Belgique. Condition: Good- to Good. There are four horizontal creases across the poster. One chip to the top left corner. Otherwise the surface of the poster has mild smudges. Minor crinkling to the edges. Printed by Lapina. Imp., Paris. Dimensions w 31 1/8 in x h 46 3/8 in.
A blueprint and production design for the mail robot from the television show The Americans, given to former FBI and CIA counter-intelligence analyst Christopher Lynch by the show's creators, Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg. Lynch's book, The C.I. Desk, was the inspiration for incorporating the mail robot into the show. This lot also includes a copy of Lynch's book. Condition: Very Good to Excellent with only slight rippling. Dimensions 35 x 24 inches.
A map of Calabria Citra, a historical region of Italy once part of Magna Graecia and heavily populated with Greek settlers in antiquity. Condition: Very Good. A central crease showing minimal wear with light age toning and age spotting. Framed but not matted; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 24 3/8 in x h 20.5 in.
A colored map of the Orinoco River and its tributaries. Churches are indicated with small symbols dotted in red, but the primary focus is on topographical features, including rivers and forests. All text in French. Condition: Very Good. Several creases are visible, but these show no evidence of wear. Matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 22.75 in x h 20 5/8 in.
A colored map of Basse Alsace (Lower Alsace), a historical region on the borders of modern France and Germany. The map shows the locations of numerous towns and churches, as well as topographical features. Condition: Very Good. Some limited age toning and age spotting, and a few light creases are visible. Tastefully matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 19 3/8 in x h 16 5/8 in.
A page of a medieval manuscript with colored majuscule with arabesque ornamentation and extensive marginalia. Matted and presented in a gilt frame with museum glass. A pane of glass in the back of the frame allows the curious viewer to see both sides of the manuscript leaf. Condition: Very Good to Excellent. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 9.875 x 11.875 inches.
A page of a medieval manuscript with blue majuscules and blue and red arabesque ornamentation. Matted and presented in a gilt frame with museum glass. A pane of glass in the back of the frame allows the curious viewer to see both sides of the manuscript leaf. Condition: Very Good. The black paper covering most of the back of the frame has a 3 in (8 cm) tear in the lower right corner, and ½ in (13 cm) parallel tears above the window through which the obverse of the manuscript page is visible. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 9.875 x 11.875 inches.
A page of a medieval manuscript with blue and red majuscules and arabesque ornamentation. Matted and presented in a gilt frame with museum glass. A pane of glass in the back of the frame allows the curious viewer to see both sides of the manuscript leaf. Condition: Very Good. One small closed tear in the black paper which covers most of the back of the frame. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 9.875 x 11.875 inches.
A page of a medieval manuscript with blue and red majuscule and arabesque ornamentation. Two holes (original to the manuscript) in the page. Matted and presented in a gilt frame with museum glass. A pane of glass in the back of the frame allows the curious viewer to see both sides of the manuscript leaf. Condition: Very Good. One small open puncture in the black paper which covers most of the back of the frame. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 9.875 x 11.875 inches.
A page from the first edition in Latin of the Nuremberg Chronicle, or Liber Chronicarum, one of the most important incunabula ever produced. The compiler, Nuremberg humanist and physician Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514), was commissioned to produce the work as a history of the world from creation to his own time. Published in 1493 by Anton Koberger (c. 1440-1513), the work was elaborately illustrated by Michael Wolgemut (c. 1434/37-1519) and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff (c. 1450-1494). This page includes three portraits, two of which are identified as St. Clara and St. Anthony of Padua. The page is matted and framed. Condition: Very Good. Slight age-toning and minor foxing, Very minor scuffing to frame; several punctures and tears to the black paper covering the back of the frame (one of which has been taped over). Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 17.625 x 24.5 inches.
Leksand, Sweden: 1956. Original poster advertising the July 1956 performances of the play Himlaspelet in Leksand, Sweden. Himlaspelet, or The Heavenly Play, by Swedish screenwriter Rune Lindström, recounts a young man’s journey to demand that God return his sweetheart to earth after she is executed for witchcraft. When the young man fails in his quest, it is through his sweetheart’s intervention that the two are reunited in heaven. The play has been performed regularly in Leksand, Sweden since the summer of 1949. The poster is mounted on foam core. Condition: Very Good. Slight age-toning; evidence of damp-staining at upper left edge. Small closed tear at upper right corner. Dimensions 27.5 x 39.375 inches.
Lancaster: John R. Mathews, 1807. A volume of regulations pertaining to the operation of Pennsylvania's militia, published in Lancaster by John R. Mathews in 1807. Condition: Good only. The front cover and spine are absent, though the pages are still firmly attached. The pages are significantly age toned, with evidence of water damage throughout, and some handwritten text on the title page. Corners and spine are significantly bumped. Dimensions w 4.25 in x h 7 in.
Napoli: Ente Provinciale per il Turismo, c 1955. Travel poster depicting scenes of Pompei. Published c. 1955 by Ente Provinciale per il Turismo--Napoli. Condition: Good. Two minor closed tears in upper right corner. One larger partially open tear (approx. 4.5 in or 114 mm) at bottom edge, with some discoloration evident where tape was used. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 28.875 x 43 inches.
Paris: Devambez Imp. Large military poster mounted on canvas. Poster has white edges to a dark beige background. An image of a soldier holding a rifle and staring at a giant coin of a rooster focused on him. The coin’s edge states: LIBERTE, EGALITE, FRATERNITE, 1915. Above the image reads: Pour La France, VERSEZ VOTRE OR and below the image: L’Or Combat Pour La Victoire. Condition: Good-. Mild soiling with some wrinkles to edges. Four vertical scratches near left and right edges, two to each side. Each corner shows tape residue. Designed by Edite Par Le Societe, Des Amis Des Artistes. Printed by Devambez Imp. Paris. Dimensions w 32.75 in x h 49.5 in.
London: Parliamentary Recruiting Committee. Large wide horizontally oriented poster mounted on a lightweight canvas. Poster background is off-white. The text at the head of the poster in bold red text reads: REMEMBER THE LUSITANIA! The text at the bottom of the poster reads: ENLIST TO-DAY. The interior image has two columns and duplicates newspaper reports in black lettering regarding the Lusitania incident. This image has a red border and a red vertical rule at the center. Condition: Good- to Good. Some wrinkling and beige toning to the edges. Interior image shows mild toning with a small stain to the lower left side. Published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London. Poster No. 95. Printed by Roberts & Leete, London. Dimensions w 47.5 in x h 38 3/8 in.
London: Parliamentary Recruiting Committee. Vertical rectangular poster. Poster image has a 1 inch black border with a thin gold border around a green background. Interior image depicts an ivory scroll displaying a gray ribbon embossed with dark red wax stamp seals and black calligraphy. The poster is entitled “Scrap of Paper” in ivory text at the top and below the image, the text reads: ENLIST TO-DAY. Other related text is under the image, also in ivory. Condition: Good to Very Good. Slight wear to edges. Two small reddish smudges at bottom of the image, otherwise clean. Printed by Johnson, Riddle & Co. Ltd and published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London. Poster No. 15-W8998-1000-12/14. Dimensions w 18 7/8 in x h 28 7/8 in.
Missouri: 1898. A Roll of Honor from the Spanish-American War, giving the names of men mustered into the United States Army at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, on May 16th, 1898. Also included with this lot is an identification tag of W. O. Royce, one of the men named on the Roll of Honor. Condition: Good to Very Good. Significant age-toning. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 15.5 x 19.5 inches.
London: Johnson, Riddle & Co. Ltd. Yellow recruitment poster mounted on a lightweight canvas. It consists entirely of red and black text. The text reads: “You’re proud of your pals in the Army of course! But what will your pals think of YOU”? THINK IT OVER! Condition: Good+. Overall the surface is unmarked with slight darkening to the edges. Published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London. Poster No. 43. Printed by Johnson, Riddle & Co. Ltd, London. Dimensions w 19.75 in x h 30.25 in.
Leeds and London: Chorley & Pickersgill Ltd., The Electric Press. A horizontally oriented recruitment poster. The beige poster shows a silhouette of a soldier holding a rifle in the foreground and several other soldiers in the background. This poster is mounted on a lightweight canvas. The text is in black and gray. The text reads: THINK! ARE YOU CONTENT FOR HIM TO FIGHT FOR YOU? WON’T YOU DO YOUR BIT? WE SHALL WIN BUT YOU MUST HELP/ JOIN TO-DAY. Condition: Good. There are light vertical creases due to storing. The edges have darkened due to age. Published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London. Poster No. 38. Printed by Chorley & Pickersgill Ltd., The Electric Press, Leeds and London. Dimensions w 30.5 in x h 21.5.
London: Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London. Vertical rectangular poster mounted on off-white poster board. Dark yellow frames poster at the edges with dark beige background to the illustration. The illustration depicts black silhouette figures at the top and bottom of the poster. At the center of the poster in black text to a dark yellow rectangular which is bordered in black, the text reads: What in the end will settle this war? TRAINED MEN It is YOUR DUTY to become one. Condition: Good to Good+. Small area of damp staining to the upper right corner of the poster. Mild soiling and sun fading to overall image. Published by Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London. Poster No. 34. Printed by Jas. Truscott & Son, Ltd., Suffolk Lane, London, E.C. Dimensions w 20 5/8 in x h 31 3/8 in.
Large vertical poster mounted on a lightweight canvas depicts men in military uniforms beneath several flags in a tropical setting, at the top of the poster. At the bottom left corner of the poster is a man in uniform on a camel with another man at his side and in the other corner is a man in uniform on a horse with a man standing next to him. The text of the poster is in French. The heading above the top image reads: Republique Francaise Minister's De La Guerre and below the image reads: Troupes Coloniales/Avantages/ Assures Par La Loi/Aux Engages Et Rengages Des Troupes Coloniales. Header texts in blue, red and black. The remaining text is in black and red. Condition: Good to Good+. The poster’s edges have slight foxing. Otherwise the surface shows mild wear. The edges have slight wrinkles. Dimensions w 30 in x h 46 1/8 in.
United Stated Food Administration, c 1917. A vertically oriented WWI poster depicting soldiers charging into battle. The poster was produced by the United Stated Food Administration. Condition: Good. Light age toning and small puncture in the center of the image. Framed but not matted; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 20.75 in x h 29.25 in.
Chicago: 1973. The headline from the 24 January 1973 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times, which announced the beginning of the cease-fire which marked the beginning of negotiations to end the Vietnam War. Condition: Good to Very Good. Significantly age toned; a small open tear on the left edge and a small dark stain in the bottom left corner. Matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 17.5 in x h 20.5 in.
A map of the Tartar Kingdom, extending from the Caspian Sea in the west to North America in the east. This map was the work of Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), one of the most famous 16th century cartographers, and was published in his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern world atlas. This copy is delicately colored. Condition: Very Good. Age toning and a few age spots; a central crease which shows no wear. Framed and matted. Dimensions w 26 in x h 21 1/8 in.
Based on material collected by the Dutch Astronomer Peter Laicksteen, who travelled to the Holy Land in 1556. Christian Sgrooten (here written “Schrot”), royal geographer to King Phillip II of Spain produced a nine-sheet map of Palestine in 1570 from Laikstain’s information. This map was condensed into the present form by Abraham Ortelius. Ortelius, the creator of the first modern atlas, collected and edited maps from all over Europe for his book. Many of the original mapmakers rose to fame solely through Ortelius’s decision to include their maps in his atlas. Laicksteen took thorough and accurate notes, and the original Laicksteen and Sgrooten map contained improvements over earlier maps. For instance, the River Kishon is here shown as flowing from the mountains near the Sea of Galilee, not, as was previously thought, from the Sea of Galilee itself. However, the Levantine coastline Sgrooten (and Ortelius) depicted is hardly recognizable to modern eyes. The map is replete with fanciful bays and peninsulas, though some of the most recognizable features of the coastline, such as the outcrops of land at Haifa and Beirut are absent. Ortelius had originally used another map of the Holy Land (by cartographer Tilleman Stella) in the early editions of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. It covered a far more extensive territory, including part of Egypt and Syria. Oddly, the coastline in this first map was much more accurate than in the Sgrooten map. Laicksteen and Sgrooten’s original map included a small inset with an extended geography. However, their mapping of the Dead Sea and surrounding areas was so controversial that Ortelius chose to leave out this region completely. The strange anecdote written in the Dead Sea is Ortelius’s own addition. It describes how the Dead Sea was once a fertile valley, but was transformed by an act of God into a barren sea to punish the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the bottom left hand corner is a hand colored illustration of the story of Jonah. Above the luscious cartouche Ortelius has added three miniatures featuring the Crucifixion, the Nativity, and the Resurrection of Christ. The French text on the verso, a long-winded description with little relevance to the map, was changed to a more “reader-friendly” version shortly after the publication of this edition. 525 copies were made of this edition of Ortelius’s map. Condition: Very Good. Age toning; central crease. Matted and framed between two panes of glass so that the text on the reverse of the map is visible. Dimensions w 27.75 in x h 22 7/8 in.