ILLUSTRATIONS FOR SALE
in The Electric Bookshop
woodcut: a design cut on wood to be printed from by letterpress; a print from such a block.
engraving: the hand engraver's art or the allied mechanical process; an impression or print taken from an engraved surface.
copperplate: a plate of copper prepared for engraving; an impression taken from such a plate.
steel engraving: the process of engraving a design in steel; an impression taken from the steel plate.
lithography: the art or process of printing from a smooth surface (a prepared stone, aluminum or zinc) on which the image to be printed is ink-receptive, the rest being ink-repellent. lithograph: an impression or print so made.
contemporary: belonging to the same time.
HOW OFTEN has an old image caught your eye in a book or magazine? But when you wanted to know its origin, the credits merely stated, "Bettman Archive," or "Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society." Few people realize that they can own originals of the fascinating scenes which so often appear (reduced and muddily reproduced) in the modern mass media.
As historical records, these old prints and contemporary newspaper illustrations are informative sources. As pictures, they entertain. When they are framed on a wall, the room glows with atmosphere and distinction.
The illustrations offered below were all made at the times described, and are not modern reproductions . . .
Henry Lewis' stunningly rare print of the Nauvoo Temple, lithographed in Prussia, 1857. $5,000
The only fine or colored original close-up illustration of the building published at the time, sketched seven weeks before the building was destroyed by fire. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
Engraving of a UTAH COUNTRY STORE of the mid-1800s. Hand-colored leaf from Frank Leslie's Illustrirte Zeitung, 1888. $90
See how our ancestors shopped for crockery, clothes, and books. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
"FORT UTAH ON THE TIMPANOGAS . . ." An original 1852 lithograph. $90
A very early illustration of the Provo, Utah, area, with historical background. One hundred fifty years old. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
¶ MORE ILLUSTRATIONS appear in my MORMON LIST ELECTRIC (a summer 2003 online catalog). Or, look for specific subjects and keywords using my simple search engine !
ITEMS WHICH HAVE NOW SOLD APPEAR BELOW, listed here for general information and reference . . .
THOMAS NAST POLITICAL CARTOON AGAINST GEORGE Q. CANNON. Hand-colored woodcut engraving, 1882. SOLD
A large, humorous caricature suitable for framing, taken from Harper's Weekly illustrated newspaper. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
'"SACRAMENT" IN THE MORMON TABERNACLE, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH.' An original 1871 engraving. *SOLD*
A little-known but large and beautiful sociological treasure. Hand-colored. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
"Nauvoo, From the Mississippi, Looking Down the River." Woodcut engraving, 1854. $125 **SOLD**
A simple but pleasing view - one of my favorite of Nauvoo, in a complete issue of Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
Woodcut engraving of Palmyra, New York, in the RURAL REPOSITORY, 1842. $100**SOLD**
One of the oldest pictures of this important town, with a lengthy, controversial article about the earliest Mormons. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
ENGRAVING OF PRIMITIVE PROVO, UTAH, 1858. $90::SOLD::
Fascinating detail, a great article, and a hilarious encounter with Bill Hickman himself! Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
Pictures on this page: The woodcut at the top of this page (reduced in size) appeared in Harper's Weekly on September 4, 1858, and shows the center intersection of Salt Lake City. The viewer sees the "Deseret Store" on the northeast corner of Main and South Temple streets. At left is the southeast corner of Temple Square. The hand-coloring was added in modern times.
Whose eyes are those enlarged from the old steel engraving which I sold in 2000? To learn the answer, click on the image.
Just above: the most haunting illustration I know of the site of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, from a drawing said to have been made by a person who helped re-bury the victims nearly two years afterward. This was printed in Harper's on August 13, 1859 (sold, 2001).