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.
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c 1700s. A pair of hand-colored engravings shows the original quadrangle of Jesus College above the second quadrangle ornamented with Dutch gables. Robed faculty and students stroll across the quadrangles. A capital letter marks the corners of each courtyard. Condition: very good with no apparent issues. Matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions : visible paper: w 18 in x h 18 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.
A watercolor painting depicting a woman gazing into a mirror on a full moon night by an unknown artist. Watercolor on watercolor board. Title marked in pencil to lower left corner with artist’s proof mark to the center bottom. Artist’s signature to the right corner. Matted and unframed. Slight scratch to lower left edge. This item is located at our Rockville store.
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.
Italy: c. 1400. 90x80mm; cutting from an original highly illuminated manuscript choirbook; executed by hand on animal parchment with tempera colors of mauve, pink, blue, green, white and burnished gold; the back displays a four-line stave in red ink with text and musical notation in black ink; in frame.
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.
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.
c. early 1600s. The first page of the Dominica IV post Pentecosten in Gregorian notation on vellum from an early 17th-century manuscript. Condition: good. Several apparently much later alterations and additions of the reverse of the sheet which are faintly visible from the front. Dimensions vellum: w 15.5 in x h 22.75 in mat w 18 in x h 28 in.
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.
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.
Japan. A pair of two Japanese fan paintings dating to the Edo period (1603-1868). The first painting depicts a woman gesturing to a man seated on green tatami with three women watching from outside. The second painting depicts a man speaking to three other men seated around him by a river. A fabric screen gives them some privacy while a man and woman wait by the speaker’s jinrikisha. Much of the surfaces on both paintings are covered in gold leaf. These paintings were not made into fans so there are no creases. Each painting is taped to brown mat board. These paintings are not framed and are not signed. Both good to very good. First painting has a 1” closed tear to gold leaf at top left edge. Second painting has moderate pigment loss throughout the painting. Both paintings are on stiff paper with another layer of paper glued to the verso. Dimensions : Each painting: w 20.5 in x h 10 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.
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.
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.
Ft. Collins, CO: 1976. Limited Edition, #1/6. Photo of Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Revue taken by Jerry Aronson on May 23 1976. Photo is signed by Aronson on the lower right margin in black ink and is numbered 1 of a limited edition of 6. Image measures 18 1/4" X 14 1/4" and is in a black metal frame measuring 20" X 16"
Chicago: 1967. Limited Edition, #1/6. Photo of Muhammad Ali taken at the University of Illinois on May 11, 1967 by Jerry Aronson; The photo is signed by Aronson on the lower right edge of the margin and is numbered 1 of an edition of 6. Size of image: 14.75" X 17.75" in black metal frame measuring 16" X 20"
Boulder, CO: 1985. Limited Edition, #1/6. Photograph of Norman Mailer, Alan Ginsburg, & William S. Burroughs taken at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO in 1985 by Jerry Aronson Photo has been signed by Aronson on the lower right margin in black ink and is numbered 1 of a limited edition of 6. Image measures 18 3/4" X 10 1/2" in a black metal frame measuring 20 1/4" X 16"
Boulder, CO: 1982. Limited Edition, #1/10. Photo of Beat writers Orlovsky, Ferlinghetti, Burroughs, Corso, Whalen, Ginsburg and Frank taken at Ginsburg's house in Boulder, CO July 19th 1982. Photo has been signed by Aronson in black pen on the lower right margin and is numbered 1 of a limited edtiion of 10. Image measures 10 1/2" X 8 3/4" and is in a black metal frame measuring 14 1/4" X 11"
Cairo: Egyptian State Tourism Department. c. 1960. Artwork by M. Azmy; printed in Egypt by Institut Graphique Egyptien. Issued by the Egyptian State Tourism Department. Condition: Very Good. Slight age toning; one small tear (which does not interfere with the image) visible in upper right margin. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 29.5 x 41.25 inches.
c 1950-1960s. New Orleans travel poster from the 1950s or 1960s depicting a Mardi Gras parade scene. Condition: Very Good. Small tear (3/16 in. or 5 mm) in margin of lower left corner; tear of same depth at upper right corner. Slight cockling at upper left corner. Crease in lower right corner. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 23 x 35 inches.
A map of the Touraine region of France published in Amsterdam by Dutch cartographers Willem and Johannes Blaeu. Condition: Very Good. Age toning and several small age spots. A central crease. Matted and framed, with some chipping and loss of material to the frame. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 26.75 x h 22 3/8 in.
Print by Boris W. Vallejo, signed and dated (7/27/79) in pen in the lower right corner. This print is of the cover art created by fantasy artist Boris W. Vallejo for the novel Tarnsman of Gor by John Norman. Vallejo, born in Peru in 1941, attended Peru’s National School of Fine Arts, and later immigrated to the United States. He has worked with numerous publishers in the fantasy genre, and has also created artwork for movie posters and more. Condition: Good. Somewhat faded. Some rippling from the way the print has been matted. Some damage to the backing, but this does not impact the print. Dimensions 23.5 x 25.375 inches.
A composite image containing multiple maps of La Rochelle, a seaport town in western France, and plans of fortifications in the city. Condition: Good. Age toning and age spots, along with water damage along the bottom edge. Several creases. Framed but not matted; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 33.75 in x h 24.5 in.
An attractive map of the island of Corfu by the Italian cartographer Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (1650-1718). The map is richly illustrated with scenes and floorplans of fortifications, and this copy has been hand-colored. Coronelli was widely considered to have been one of the most important cartographers of his generation. Condition: Very Good. Light age toning, significant central crease. Double matted and framed. Dimensions w 30 in x h 23 7/8 in.
A map of France produced by the Amsterdam publishing house Covens and Mortier, and released in 1721. The map highlights rivers, towns, and churches, and some elements are highlighted with color. Condition: Good. Age toning, age spots, and a central crease. Matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 32 5/8 in x h 26 5/8 in.
1675. An engraving by David Loggan (1634-1692) showing the not-yet-completed second quadrangle extending behind the college’s original quadrangle. The second quadrangle was built sometime between 1640 and 1713. Text in Latin about the college is printed in the lower margin. Capital letters appear throughout the engraving. Condition: A light brown ½” vertical band follows a light central crease (see two images). The engraving is attached to an age-toned mat, which is glued at the edges to an artist’s board. Dimensions plate w 15.75 in x h 11.5 in.
Maryland. A large sketch pad filled with more than fifty life studies by an unrecognized 20th century Maryland-based artist, Dick Kelih. One additional study, done on different paper, has been placed in the folio but not attached in any way. The first nine studies are painted; the rest are worked variously in charcoal, crayon, and graphite. They vary in completeness and level of detail, but all are produced in a loose, fluid style. Condition: good. A few pages have closed tears, and one has multiple closed and open tears. Some water staining to early pages, and all pages are yellowed with age. Dimensions 18.5 x 25 inches.
1970. This scarce lithograph was created by Edna Andrade (1917-2008) for the first celebration of Earth Day in 1970. It is signed and hand-numbered 48/200 by the artist at the lower left below her AE logo. Condition: very good. Some fading from labels and frame in upper right corner. Minimal bumping and a 1 ½” horizontal crease along lower right edge. Minimal rubbing to lower left edge. Dimensions w 24 in x h 36 in.
Print by Elisabeth Claire Tournay (1731-1773) after a painting by Pierre-Louis Dumesnil the Younger (1698-1781). Tournay was a female engraver who spent her career in Paris, where Dumesnil also worked for most of his life. A copy of this print is currently in the collection of the Musee Carnavalet, Histoire de Paris in Paris, France. Matted and framed. Condition: Very Good. The black and gilt frame shows some minor wear. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 23 x 21 inches.
France. An original lithograph from Les Maîtres de l’Affiche. The work of French artist Jules Chéret, Les Maîtres de l’Affiche was a subscription service that operated between 1896 and 1900, through which subscribers received a monthly curated selection of four of the finest examples of late 19th-century poster art. The posters were reproduced as lithographs at reduced scale, making them easily collected art for the masses at a time when posters were a particularly celebrated artistic medium. This poster was designed by Ethel Reed to advertise the publication of Albert Morris Bagby’s novel Miss Träumerei. Framed. Condition: Very Good. Moderate age-toning to poster; light denting and scratching to frame. Dimensions 12 x 16.375 inches.
Signed print by Frank Brangwyn depicting a street scene in the aftermath of the London Blitz. Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) was born in Belgium to British parents, and received his artistic training in Britain. He worked for William Morris as a young man, and like him explored a wide array of artistic media throughout his career. Though his work includes such diverse categories as glassware, furniture, and pro-British WWI posters, perhaps his best-known works are the murals commissioned by the House of Lords in 1926, later rejected by the peers, and finally acquired for the Guildhall in Swansea, Wales. During his lifetime, he was one of the world's foremost artists. He was the first living artist to receive a retrospective at the Royal Academy in London. While his reputation suffered after his death, his work has been reconsidered in more recent years, and a high-profile exhibition marked the 50th anniversary of his death in 2006. Condition: Good. Some discoloration from handling, aging adhesive, and other factors to margins, but these do not impact the print itself, or the signature. The print is mounted in an unusual way in that the edges of the sheet of paper have been wrapped around the edges of a board and glued to the back, which currently gives the print a slightly wavy appearance. This could likely be corrected if the backing were removed, which could be done with minimal paper loss. Dimensions 26 x 36.5 inches.
An acrylic painting depicting a spotted faun and mother rabbit touching noses over a nest of bunnies. Painstakingly detailed to show virtually every hair on each animal. Signed and dated in lower left corner: Gerald W. Putt ‘80. The painting is matted and framed. Self-taught wildlife and nature artist Gerald W. Putt has won or placed in numerous other regional and national wildlife art competitions throughout his more than four-decade career as an artist. Most recently, he was declared the 2020 winner of the Pennsylvania Duck Stamp Competition, an award which he had one twelve times before. He has won similar competitions in other states as well, including North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Colorado, and has been a top ten finalist many times for the Federal Duck Stamp Contest. Condition: Very Good. A well preserved ¼ in silver fish insect is between the glass and the mat near the top right corner and is not affecting either. Dimensions 33.5 x 39.5 inches.
A detailed map of the Lombardy region of Italy, the work of Gerardus Mercator (1512-1594), the celebrated Flemish cartographer. Condition: Good to Very Good. Age toning, a central crease with faint water staining toward the bottom. Matted and framed between two panes of glass, so that the text on the reverse is visible even while framed. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 26.25 in x h 23.25 in.
The work of the distinguished Italian cartographer Giovanni Antonio Magini (1555-1617), this oval projection draws from the work of another great cartographer, Abraham Ortelius. Most notable are the large landmasses of Terra Incognita and Terra Autralis at both poles. Six wind-heads are arranged above and below the map. Condition: Excellent, with even age toning. Double matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 12.75 in x h 11 1/8 in.
A signed original print by Grace Rhoades Dean entitled “The Grist Mill.” Born in Ohio, Dean (1878-1968) spent most of her career in that state, though she and her husband, who was also an artist, studied in Munich between 1910 and 1914. Following their return to Ohio from Germany, Dean taught art classes and exhibited her work widely at regional galleries and competitions. Matted and framed. Condition: Very Good. Some age-toning, and some chipping to frame. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 15.25 x 13.125 inches.
Egyptian State Tourism Board, c 1950s - 1960s. Original travel poster with artwork by H. Hashim. Printed in Egypt by Institut Graphique Egyptien, and issued by Egyptian State Tourism Board. Condition: Very Good. Some light age-toning; rip in upper left margin (does not extend into image). Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 31 x 42.75 inches.
A map of the United States of America by American cartographer Henry Schenck Tanner (1786-1858), published in Philadelphia in 1812. This was Tanner’s first map, and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps. Condition: Very Good. Light, even age toning with faint creases and some slight darkening along the right edge. Double matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 21.5 in x h 17 in.
A map printed in two stages by Henri Petri, and was published in Sebastian Munster’s 1540 edition of Geographia Universalis vetus et nova complectens… by Claudius Ptolemaeus. The names were printed from a letterpress and the map from a woodcut, and the cartouche includes a compilation of old names and their modern counterparts. The map is oriented with the West to the top. Condition: Good to Very Good. Age toning, with a central crease and evidence of water damage in the center of the map. Currently housed in a protective frame, but can be shipped rolled. Dimensions w 18 3/8 in x h 14 3/8 in.