1987 Imprint Volume 12-2 Autumn


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78. Brodherson, David. “Souvenir Books in Stone: Lithographic Miniatures for the Masses.” Vol. 12, no. 2 (Autumn 1987), 21-28.

Brodherson provides a survey of city views in different media following the 1876 Centennial, concentrating on the small view books issued by publishers to serve as souvenirs in the 1880s. There were four major publishers of this genre, one of which was the Wittemann Brothers of New York, the focus of this excellent study, which includes information on the illustrations as well as on the bindings and text. He notes their usefulness to researchers interested in urbanization and social values, as well as graphic arts.

79. Mosimann, Elizabeth. “The Useful and Beautiful: 19th-Century Botanical Lithography in Philadelphia.” Vol. 12, no. 2 (Autumn 1987), 12-20.

Mosimann examines the work of various commercial lithographers in the field of botanical illustration, beginning in the 1830s. She mentions a significant number of publications and makes useful judgments about the quality of individual plates.

80. Worman, Eugene C., Jr. “American Scenery and the Dating of Its Bartlett Prints.” Vol. 12, no. 2 (Autumn 1987), 22-27.

Worman has traced the publication history of this very popular travel book by examining copies in original wrappers as issued in parts as well as many bound copies. His study will assist curators and collectors in dating impressions of prints removed from volumes. Worman also notes that no copies were issued by George Virtue, the English publisher, with handcoloring.