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Unique Trips - June-July Newsletter

In this issue, we take inspiration from a collection of memorabilia related to Chief Joe Ironhand, who performed cycling stunts in the 1920s and '30s, including what one item describes as a "unique trip" from Jersey City to Philadelphia via unicycle. Next, take a nostalgic stroll through the campuses of Princeton and Groton via vintage pictorial maps. Then full steam ahead with a set of four 1923 folk art paintings of steamships in lifesaver-shaped frames. Our final frontier: take a trip to where no man has gone before with Baroque constellation maps by Bevis and Bayer.

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Sale prices in effect through July 20, 2020.

CAMPUS WALKS

Two illustrated campus maps with detailed depictions of buildings and student activities, both quite rare:

The pictorial map of Princeton University by Dorothy Iams illustrates college life in December 1945. 22 buildings and structures are identified, and the landmark Nassau Hall is illustrated at the top. Regularly $750, sale price $675. More information.

The pictorial map of Groton, a boarding school in Massachusetts, was produced by Rosalind Howe Sturges in honor of the school’s 50th anniversary in 1934. An artist and architectural cartographer, Sturges was known for her pictorial maps. Regularly $925, sale price $825. More information.

THE UNIQUE CAREER OF CHIEF JOE IRONHAND

A collection of vintage photographs, drawings and ephemera of Chief Joe Ironhand, a cycling, stunt and sideshow performer who performed in a Native American feathered headdress. He worked mostly in the 1930s and 1940s in New Jersey at fairs and midways. Regularly $3,500, sale price $3,150. More information.

THEY'RE REAL LIFESAVERS

These four circular paintings of steamships at sea painted in 1923 are mounted in frames taking the form of lifesavers, a format and method of framing that was a personal trademark of British folk artist George Race. He decorated each frame with rope and hand-painted them with the ship's name, number, and flags. Regularly $2,800, sale price $2,500. More information.

THE EAGLE AND THE DOLPHIN

The celestial chart of Aquila (The Eagle), Delphinus (The Dolphin), Sagitta (The Arrow), and a portion of Vulpecula (The Little Fox with Goose) is from the celebrated John Bevis atlas Uranographia Britannica. The hand-colored engraving was published in London in 1786. Regularly $1,350, sale price $1,200. More information.

GROUNDBREAKING SKY ATLAS

The celestial chart of Aquila (The Eagle), Delphinus (The Dolphin), Sagitta (The Arrow), and a portion of Vulpecula (The Little Fox with Goose) is from the celebrated John Bevis atlas Uranographia Britannica. The hand-colored engraving was published in London in 1786. Regularly $1,350, sale price $1,200. More information.