Thursday, January 13, 2022

Smile, it's a Steroview - Stereoview

 Woodstock Vermont Photography Gallery Stereoview
An inscription on the back identifies this as being in “Phoenix Block”, and the card is imprinted by “E.R. Gates, Photographer”. Presumably this was the Gates studio, tho one supposes it’s possible he was picturing a rival studio. One doesn’t suppose that very hard, actually.

Some soil, some wear, light vertical crease where the images join.  $150

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Let There be Light-

 Ancient Roman Pottery Lamps- 1728 Dramatic Engraved Print by Bellori.

An engraved print of ancient Roman lamps, probably from Giovanni Pietro Bellori’s 1728 book, “Veterum Lucernae Sepulcrales”. Giovanni Pietro Bellori (1613-1696) was not only a talented artist, he was also an important and prolific biographer of other 17th century artists, and has been called the Vasari of his era. As if that was not enough to keep him occupied, he also acted as Curator of Antiquities to Pope Clement X, and as Librarian and Antiquarian to Queen Christina of Sweden. And obviously he had an interest in ancient Roman antiquities, which tended to pop up every now and again in Renaissance Rome.

Ancient Rome itself had been more or less awash in small pottery oil lamps with stamped decorations, which were used for everything from religious offerings to tourist souvenirs to actual lighting. By the time of the Renaissance these had become sought-after by antiquities collectors, who often published illustrated catalogs of their collections featuring engravings such as this.

Single sheet. About 10.5”x16”, uneven edges, minor age-toning and soil.  $20

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Dubious, at Best-

Barry’s Tricopherous Hair Tonic Restorer Patent Medicine Victorian Trade Card.

Barry’s Tricopherous gets the award for least-pronounceable patent medicine name, and at least an honorable mention for Most Dubious Illustration.  3”x5.25”. Some soil, edge stains, some wear, crease. $15


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Scribble-Scrub goes down to Hell


 The New York Hooroarer, or, A Story of Newspaper Enterprise, Containing a Visit to the Infernal Regions and Return.

 By the Rev. Charles Edwards.
Published in New York by the Humbodlt Publishing Co. in 1893. 2nd edition.

Reverend Charles Edwards was the pastor of the Freeport Baptist Church between about 1888 and 1893, resigning from the church at about the same time this little volume of satire, poking fun at both the press and religion, was published. Edwards sets his story in the editorial office of the New York Hooroarer, where the editor is lamenting the lack of fresh scandal and gossip with which to entertain his readers. His answer is to send reporter Scribble-Scrub down to Hell to interview the Devil, which Scribbs obediently does, along with a parson and a deacon. Scribby makes it back, to provide the next day’s wonderful headlines. Edwards satire of not only America’s yellow-prose press, but also the popular fire-and-brimstone preacher’s concept of a literal Hell, struck some readers’ funny bones and made other readers apoplectic, a situation he attempts discusses i this edition’s Forward. As was noted earlier, he resigned his church position this same year, so his explanation may not have been well-received by everybody.

Stiff paper covers. 5”x7”, 63 pages, several line illustrations. Covers quite worn, a spot of adhesion loss to the design on the front, both front and rear covers detached but present, spine perished. Rear cover with edge chips and a tear. Last several text leaves detached but present. Page 38 printed very (very) lightly. Basically, cheaply printed on wood-pulp paper and quite fragile.  $75

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Pioneering Collector-

 George Rehse American Collector of Indian Arts in Sioux Headdress- Gelatin Silver Photo.

 Inscribed in pen on the back- “George Rehse in full Indian dress a part of his collection”. George Washington Rehse (1868-1939) was a political cartoonist and a collector of American Indian arts and artifacts. The Sioux headdress he is wearing in this image appears to be the one now in the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian. It was lent to the Museum by Rehse from 1922 to 1925, and then purchased by the Museum in 1938.

Silver photo. 6”x8”. Rough, including creases and corner damage, and a crease on the right side that is starting to turn into a crack/tear. $125

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Lllies of the Field-

Mid 19th century Watercolor Still Life of Lillies and a Scroll

A delicate and formally naive watercolor rendering of lilies which is just lovely.

6.75”x10.5”. Minor soil, light wear, corner bend. $85