Finding Fine Art in Old Books

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If you follow this blog you know that I’m a book lover and a frequent antique store visitor. Combine the two and you’ll surmise that I love searching for old books. Some of my favorite finds are oversize books with illustrations that can yield a treasure trove of interesting prints. In categories as diverse as naturalist drawings, maps, landscapes and commercial illustration, I’m always on the trail of hidden gems. I’ve found Audubon bird collections that are stunning; detailed nineteenth century black and white drawings of classical Paris that I’ve given to specialized artists to infuse with color; Currier and Ives commercial illustrations that are evocative time capsules of America in the nineteenth century. Some I keep intact for coffee table perusing. Others make for a wonderful series of well-framed prints for the right interior design scheme.

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