This issue of our monthly newsletter brings in a bountiful harvest of antique and vintage items for autumn. We begin in the Big Apple, where two New York City prints show iconic bridges going up. A broadside shows the Brooklyn Bridge construction at the beginning and after completion, while an etching depicts the building of the George Washington Bridge. Next, we have botanical prints of juicy apples from George Brookshaw's renowned Pomona Britannica and an apple-themed 19th-century majolica tankard. Also part of our bushel of sale items: two editions of a pictorial map about the life of Abraham Lincoln, who, it turns out, believed in a healthy diet and "was a great eater of apples" according to a fellow attorney from his Springfield days!
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THE BIG APPLE
Compare the two panoramic photographs of the Lower Manhattan skyline from across the East River in Brooklyn: “New York City in 1876 — 37 Years Ago” and “New York City in 1913” from the same vantage point. Together, the photos show the striking transformation of the city in the intervening 37 years, including the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge, of which only the first tower was completed in the earlier photograph. Measuring 29.5 inches across, the print was published to advertise the patent medicine Dioxogen. Regularly $1,200, now on sale for $1,000. More information.
Around 1930 German immigrant Gottlob Briem created this dynamic etching looking up at a tower of the George Washington Bridge under construction in New York City. Examples from the edition of 100 are in the collection of the National Gallery of Art and New-York Historical Society — this one could be yours. Regularly $1,250, now on sale for $1,000. More information.
THE AUTUMN APPLE
Brookshaw’s Pomona Britannica is widely considered the finest English color plate natural history study of fruit. Intended to accurately record the best available varieties and encourage their cultivation, it was published in the early 1800s in both folio and quarto versions. We have prints from both sets. Shown above are two apple prints from the 1817 quarto edition (each 13 x 10.25 inches, overall) which silhouettes the fruit agains a white background, regularly $450 each, now on sale for $400. More information.
But if you're looking for the "big apple," we also have two prints from the larger folio edition, shown below, each 22 x 17 inches, overall. Published between 1804 and 1812, they show the fruit against a rich brown ground. Regularly $1,150 each, sale price $1,000. More information.
Raised relief yellow apples against a textured brown tree bark ground decorate this tin-glazed Ceramic Majolica Tankard from the late 19th century. The handle is in the form of a green branch, and the hinged pewter lid is topped with a decorative knob in the form of a stem. Regularly $250, sale price $225. More information.
AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE
We are offering both editions of Karl Smith's historical pictorial map of the life of Abraham Lincoln, the first printed in 1934 and the second, a redesigned version published in 1953. The maps show the region where Abraham Lincoln grew up and spent his life prior to becoming president in 1861, along with illustrated vignettes from the period of his presidency in Washington, DC. The 1934 map regularly $800, sale price $700. The 1953 map regularly $650, sale price $550. More information: 1934 edition | 1953 edition