In this issue: We're ready to spring into summer with our latest specials! Survey the heavens with a 19th-century illustrated astronomy book and late-17th-century celestial charts. We've just added several lithographs of animals after the aptly named Joseph Wolf — see special prices for the kangaroo and wombat prints. If you're looking for an unusual Father's Day gift, we have playing card themed art and a finely carved antique ship launching gavel in a velvet-lined box. If Dad has other hobbies or interests, contact us, because we may have just the thing in stock.
Sale prices in effect through June 20, 2021.
Johnston’s School Astronomical Atlas has 21 color plates comprising “a complete series of illustrations of the heavenly bodies.” The chromolithographic prints show various basic principles of planetary motion, the seasons, eclipses, constellations, etc. Published in 1877 by the British firm W. & A.K. Johnston, the book is bound in cloth boards, with a cover design in the Aesthetic Movement taste. Regularly $1,200, sale price $975. More information.
Circular astrological chart set within a decorative classical design in the Baroque taste, and labeled in Latin. The title translates as Health As Determined by Planetary Aspects. The chart, published in Nuremberg in 1696, apparently was for predicting periods of greater or lesser likelihood of illness in relation to planetary alignments. Regularly $1,200, sale price $975. More information.
THE HEN OF ROME HATCHES A COMET
The Great Comet of 1680 is depicted barreling across the sky in this celestial chart of constellations drawn and engraved by Friedrich Madeweis in 1681. In a rectangle below the drawing is a poetic sentiment marveling at the phenomenon of comets which return periodically: “The hen of Rome gives birth to this egg anew; thus behold the birthing!” Regularly $2,600, sale price $2,300. More information.
AMAZING AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS
These prints of Australian marsupials — kangaroos and wombats — were among 100 plates from a set published in the 1860s for the Zoological Society of London. They were drawn from life at the society's zoo in Regent’s Park by Joseph Wolf but he portrayed them in their natural settings. The Red Kangaroo regularly $800, sale price $650. The Hairy-Nosed Wombat regularly $400, sale price $350.
GREAT DEALS ON PLAYING CARDS
The Queen of Hearts is reimagined as a chic 1920s blonde in this Art Nouveau style conte crayon and colored pencil drawing. The style is complemented by a custom frame with hand-decorated sgraffito gilt hearts in the corners. Regularly $1,250, sale price $975. More information.
This original gouache House of Cards Set Design dated 1962 features four towers with a striking geometric design of playing card motifs. Gold flag poles held by chains lean from the top, suggesting castle towers or the pageantry of a royal court. Set designer George Factor may have produced it for a scene in Alice in Wonderland, in which Alice encounters the Queen of Hearts and her courtiers. Regularly $850, sale price $750. More information.
FATHER'S DAY GIFTS: ALL HANDS ON DECKS
This unusual novelty print displays nine different five-card-draw poker hands each wryly accompanied by a quotation from a Shakespeare play that humorously applies to the cards in it. It was published in the early 20th century in St. Louis. The print is set in its apparently original simple black wood frame. Regularly $900, sale price $800. More information.
Surprise dad with a Carved Wood Commemorative Ship-Launching Gavel in its original velvet-lined wooden box. The finely carved gavel commemorates the launch of the S.S. Chiapas in Glasgow, Scotland on October 27, 1882. Regularly $1,400, sale price $1,250. More information.