Birds View Charleston Vicinity Union Position 1862 Antique Engraved Print For Sale
Birds-Eye View of the City of Charleston, South Carolina, Showing the Approaches of Our Gun-Boat and Our Army
Issued 1862, Harper's Weekly
Fine original antique wood engraved print. Printed on quality paper which retains its inherent structural flexibility and soundness.
On a weekly basis these artists created memorable pictorial images capturing key events, location and people. This original sheet is a wonderful example ofa view into worldhistory, and is well worthy of framing for display.
InGood+ or better condition, some light minor age wear,faintscattered normal agewrinkling, an inoffensivecreasedown the center of thepageand some small scattered foxing, but overall the image remains cleanand very attractive[note: we grade very conservatively and always seek to disclose any noteworthy flaws]. Text on verso as issued.
The printed area remains visually pleasing, a nice impression of an interesting image.
Any minor defects along the sheet edges and in the margins may be seen in the photos.
Harper's Weeklywasa popular news periodical of its day and was profusely illustrated with charming and well executed wood engraved images created exclusively for it. These images now appear quaint and delightfully dated to our eye, with a somewhatfolk art appeal to them.Harpers employed many talented artists and many of their images are worthy of framing for display.
Sheet measures c. 15 1/4" W x 11" H.
Engraved area measures c. 13 3/4" W x9 1/8" H.
Guaranteed Authentic! We do not sell modern reprints.
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It is important to understand & remember that many old printed paper items survive merely by chance, and all are somewhat unique if you inspect them closely. Few of the same typematch exactly if compared side-by-side. Each has it's own characteristics and patina- sometimes the differences are minor, other times quite noticable.
Individual pieces have typically seen numerous owners and been handled many times over the course of their existence.On old sheets of paper, short edge splits (which are often carefully repaired with discrete small pieces of archival tape), light foxing, minor age discoloration, etc. are all things to expect.It's often unrealistic to expect an old sheet of paper to survive looking like new or without flaws. The key to any printed sheet is the overall visual appeal of the piece. Oftensmallsigns of agedo not distract but rather they often add to the overall visualcharacter.
Keep in mind when you receive your item that you are not handling a modern copy, norsome clever modern reprint, or so on. You are holding a genuinepiece of printed graphic history,an old sheet of paperthat was printed long ago and will, with some basic proper care, be around for a long time yet to come. In the meantime, you can visually enjoy it in your portfolio, hang it on your wall, give it as a present, etc.
We really do tryto note anyvisually significant flaws in the description.Less noticeable, subtleor common minor age flaw characteristics may not be specifically mentioned, although often they are clearly visible within the zoomable scans or close-ups provided.Please look closely, do your research if needed, and ponder it before you click the buy-it button.
Virtually all old sheets of paper display some sort of visible age wear somewhere, and any attempt to capture every last one of them in words would just end in either mentalor physical grid-lock. Short minor closed edge splits, uneven blank side margins (of no significance 99% time), obvious narrow margins, light typical scattered age spotting, inoffensive light dampstaining in blank margins, etc. are all often not commented upon, as they are mostly not worthy of specific mention. Rather, their presence is reflected in the overall grade of the item, which carries more weight.
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In an attempt to capture the essence of each item, we usea hand-full of simple clear categories. These range from:Fair (or lesser), Good / Good+, near VG to VG,VG+/ near Fine & Fine.
Fair means with some flaws as mentioned. It doesn't mean horrible or excellent. Possibly not for gift-giving, but entirely acceptable if the item is uncommon or scarce or you really like it. Many fine institutions around the world own paper items in far worse condition than most of the items we sell.
When we say "Good" or "Good+", it means basically "quite OK" , "nice" and in our opinion "entirely acceptable for most people" in overall appearance. It does not mean stunningly excellent or virtually like new, nor does it imply lousy, defective, poor, etc. Those lesser conditions are either avoided in acquisition or clearly noted if offered, as are the higher grades.
Very Good to Very Good+ (VG & VG+) mean quite nice. It means thatwe would happily buy this item for our own collection.
"Near Fine" is used only sparingly, not thrown around lightly, and means approaching excellent,probably nicer than most other surviving similar examples.Likely the item is notperfect, it likely posseses some minor trivial age-related flaws, or has minor blank margin issues, perhaps some light visible spotting, etc. But when you have it before you, it is clearly worthy of ownership, display, perhaps a museum or an advancedcollection, etc.
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Antiquemapsprints is a very active online business and has beendealing full-time in antique maps, decorative printed historyand interesting old books for more than 28 years. The owner has been in the field since he was a boy of 12 some 40 years ago. He now works with numerousassistants running an active on-line business.
We have always maintained a strong interest & stock in a wide range of antiquarian fields. These include [but are not limited to] specialties such as:cartography, philately, numismatics, printed geography &topography of the 17th-19th centuries, global ethnography, cultural & world-wide views of all sorts- especially fascinating or remotelocations, 19th century chromolithographic printing, old & early wood scarceand interesting books in numerous fields- including early American imprints & rare children's books (1750-1890's); old advertising graphics, travel ephemera, tobacco & fruitart, posters, old photographs, etc. We maintain a significant in-house reference library containing thousands of finedetailed monographs & bibliographies on all of the above topics and many more. Most of these scholarly works are thus far still unavailable online and this deep archive of information is consulted on a daily basis.
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Also, because our inventory is spread out among 3large buildings in different locations, it is oftendifficultor impossible to provide a precise annotated back-ground source for any given specific print. Our inventory is very large, always growing and constantly shifting. Our knowledge is based on more than40 years of looking at old, vintage & rareprinted items, starting when the owner first began collecting, studying& dealing in rare comic books, in the very early 1970's.
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