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Gallery: List 93

List 93: Midwest Chicago

Books, pamphlets, atlas

Click to enlarge  1. [Pre-Fire Imprint] Chicago Board of Trade, Fifth Annual Statement Of The Trade And Commerce Of Chicago, For The Year Ending, December 31, 1862, Chicago, 1863. 8vo. Paper covers. sold [details]

Click to enlarge  2. [Atlas] Thomson Bros. & Burr, Combination Atlas...of Du Page County... Elgin, 1874. Folio. 20 maps; numerous views. Covers detached but present. Some pages stained by leaves pressed in. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  3. World's Columbian Fair Chicago 1893. N.p., n.d. but circa 1893. 8vo-size souvenir booklet with tan pictorial covers. Spine reinforced with tan tape; minor wear, surface dirt. Interior VG. Accordion fold with sepia illustrations of 13 Fair buildings, some double-page. All with decorative floral borders. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  4. [Chicago-Milwaukee route guide] Michaels, H. Sargent. Photographic Automobile Maps Chicago to Milwaukee... [cover title]. Chicago, 1905. Small 8vo size. Stiff paper covers with gold-stamped title. Covers worn; interior VG. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  5. Gerson Bros., Souvenir of Beautiful Chicago. Chicago, circa 1919-20. Portfolio of full-color post card-size views. Corners bumped; flap reenforced verso with tape, else VG. SOLD [details]

Chicago Etchers Views by James Swann (1905-1985), for many years Secretary of the Chicago Society of Etchers. He worked from his home and studio at 400 West Webster, printing his own work and that of other Chicago artists.

Click to enlarge  6. Swann, The Changing Skyline. Chicago, circa 1968. 4 x 8. BW. VG. Signature and title in pencil. The Hancock Building is shown under construction, with two cranes balanced atop the incomplete building. Not in Czestochowski. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  7. Swann, Lincoln Park West. Chicago, 1963. 5 x 9. BW. VG. Signature and title in pencil. Etched "logo" of a swan lower right. An iconic block in Old Town featuring the Swiss-style chalet described as a "showpiece" by architectural critic Ira Bach (Chicago on Foot, p. 254). Czestochowski 253. $450.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  8. Swann, Morning Mists. Chicago, 1955. 7 x 4. BW. VG. Title and signature in pencil. View from Lincoln Park looking toward the skyline. Czestochowski 217. $375.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  9. [Midwest scene] Swann, Harvest. Chicago, 1940. 8 x 8. BW. VG. Title and signature in pencil. View from a hilltop of a split-rail fence, shocks of corn in fields, crows wheeling overhead. Czestochowski 108. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  10. [Midwest scene] Swann, December. Chicago, 1941. 4 x 3. BW. VG. Signature and title in pencil. Snow-covered fields stretch to the horizon, with view of barns in mid-distance. Czestochowski, 116. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  11. [Midwest scene] Swann, Winter Woods. Chicago, 1947. 5 x 4. BW. VG. Pencil signature and title. Snow drifts along the banks of a stream. Czestochowski 170. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  12. [Lincoln Tower] Webb, View of Old and New Chicago -- looking north entrance Garland Court from Madison St. [pencil note verso]. Paris, circa 1929. 11 x 6. BW. VG. $500.00 [details]

Chicago & Midwest Views

Click to enlarge  13. Collot, French Habitation in the Country of the Illinois. Paris, 1805 (1826). 5 x 7. Uncolored as issued. A few small brown spots in margins, else Fine. Sold [details]

Two views from Jevne & Almini's Chicago Illustrated, published in parts between 1866 and 1867. This grand scheme to issue 25 parts, each with at least four views, was halted abruptly in 1867, no doubt due to finances. Several of these charming views served as a source to artist Raoul Varin (see below).

Click to enlarge  14. Jevne & Almini, Soldiers Home. Chicago, 1866. 8 x 12; tinted litho with later hand color. Mat burn from old mount, else VG. View of shelter for Civil War veterans, presenting a lively scene with a passing train on the IC tracks, and a crew of four with steersman rowing a boat, and a sailboat at the lake front. $750.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  15. Jevne & Almini, The Crib. Chicago, 1866. 8 x 11; tinted litho with later hand color. Mat burn from old mount, else VG. The Crib, built two miles into the lake, was an early attempt at improving the city's water quality. Sailboats and steamers attest to Chicago's importance as a shipping center. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  16. [Bird's-eye view] Harper's Weekly, Chicago In Ruins. From Sketches By Theodore R. Davis... NY, Oct. 28, 1871. 13 x 20; BW. Near Fine. $500.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  17. [Bird's-eye view] Harper's Weekly, Chicago In Ruins. From Sketches By Theodore R. Davis... NY, Oct. 28, 1871. 13 x 20. VG. Another copy, with later hand color. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  18. American Architect & Building News, Residence For Geo. Andrin Esq., Chicago, Ills. John Addison Arch't. np, 1886. 10 x 7. Heliotype with hand color. VG. A Chicago "graystone" with stained glass above the arched front window, and on the double doors. From the May 29, 1886 issue. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  19. Kurz & Allison, Chicago In Early Days. 1779 - 1857. Chicago, 1893. 18 x 24. Litho with touches of later hand color. VG. $2,000.00 [details]

Historic Aquatints by Raoul Varin

French artist Raoul Varin's limited edition of 31 views of the city (issued 1927-32) have been beloved by generations of Chicagoans. The series of aquatints, based on early photographs and other images from the city's past, were initially published by Ernest Byfield. Financial woes forced him out of the project and the series was completed by the Chicago branch of Ackermann's, the English publishing house founded in 1783. Ackermann's agent W. Russell Button, eventually took over the Chicago business.

Most examples suffer from the poor framing practices of the 1920s and 30s. All listed below have some age-toning, and mat burn in the margins, but are otherwise in Good+ or better condition. All have touches of hand color and are signed and numbered in pencil by the artist.

Click to enlarge  20. Varin, S.E. Corner of La Salle and Washington Streets, Chicago Showing the Chamber of Commerce in the Year 1864, Chicago, 1927. 15 x 21. Numbered in pencil 43/100. Large-format. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  21. Varin, The Corner of Lake and La Salle Streets, Chicago Marine Bank Building in the Year 1864. Chicago, 1927. 15 x 21. Numbered in pencil 36/100. Large-format. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  22. Varin, N.W. Corner of Dearborn and Monroe Streets Chicago Showing the Post Office Building in the Year 1865, Chicago, 1927. 15 x 21. Numbered in pencil 21/100. Large-format. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  23. Varin, View Of Wells And Clark St. Bridges 1861 From The Foot Of River St., Chicago, 1929. 11 x 17. Numbered in pencil 95/125. Medium-size. Frame worn with W. Russell Button's label. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  24. Varin, Chicago in 1857 View from the Court House looking South West. Chicago, 1930. 15 x 12. Numbered in pencil 89/125. Medium-size. Frame worn with W. Russell Button's label. SOLD [details]


Click to enlarge  25. [Great Lakes] London Magazine, A Map Of The Five Great Lakes, with Parts Of Pensilvania, New York, Canada, And Hudsons Bay Territory &c. London, 1755. 8 x 10. Outline color with the lakes colored a rich blue; faint stain in mainly blank area, else VG. From the September issue. Locates tribes, names forts and settlements. Jolly, LOND-97. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  26. [Great Lakes] Bellin, Carte Des Lacs Du Canada Pour servir a l'Historie General da Voyages. Paris, 1757. 7 x 11. Outline color. Light transference, else VG. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  27. [Great Lakes] Coltellini, Carta rappresentante i cinque Laghi del Canada. Leghorn (Liverno), 1763. 10 x 7. Outline color with the lakes fully colored in blue. VG. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  28. [Illinois] Buchon, Carte Geographique, Statistique Et Historique De L'Illinois. Paris, 1825. Map 11 x 8 on double folio leaf. Original body color; VG. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  29. [Folding map] Mitchell, The Tourist's Pocket Map of the State of Illinois... Philadelphia, 1847. Gold-stamped embossed covers, VG. Map 14 x 12. Original color. Fold breaks repaired, else VG. $650.00 [details]

Chicago Maps

Click to enlarge  30. [Pre-Fire Imprint] N.P. Iglehart & Co., Map of Chicago and its Southern & Western Suburbs. Chicago, 1854. Map 21 x 16 within printed borders 27 x 19. SOLD [details]

Click to enlarge  31. [Folding map] McDonald, R.H. McDonald's Map Of Chicago, With A Correct Outline Of The Great Fire... NY, 1871. 20 x 16, BW litho map with the fire district overprinted in a deep red. Fold separations professionally repaired; patch of discoloration (6 x 4) from boards lower left, else VG. sold [details]

Terms: All maps and prints are guaranteed to be original works in Very Good or better condition, except as noted. Ten day return privilege. Refunds are for the amount of purchase and shipping only. Most items are single copies and offered subject to prior sale. Illinois residents please add 10% sales tax. Dimensions are of the image in inches, height first. Abbreviations: BW = black & white, i.e., uncolored; c. = circa; cf = centerfold; col = color or colored. Shipping and handling: Priority Mail or FedEx Ground is $10.00 per order within the U.S.; additional charges for Express shipment.

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