ANTIQUE MAPS and PRINTS
After more than a quarter of a century in the Trade, we
retired and the Postaprint Website
is no longer available.
However this collection of Reference Pages is being left on line, as we hope you will find them to informative and helpful. They provide details of many of the maps, books and engravings we had the pleasure of dealing in over so many years.
For a complete index of all such Reference Pages PLEASE DO CLICK HERE.
My wife's store on eBay offers many delightful antiquarian maps & prints & engravings.
JULIE'S ANTIQUE PRINTS
A wide range of genuine antique engravings, maps, prints, lithographs and books.
PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR VALUATIONS, OPINIONS OR APPRAISALS.
A SHORT GLOSSARY AND EXPLANATION OF SOME CARTOGRAPHIC TERMS
We supply genuine historical maps and prints by mail order - all are eminently suitable for framing and are offered On Approval.
THE MAIN PRINTING PROCESSES
Over the centuries there have been 3 main methods to prepare the 'plate' from which both text and images were printed
RELIEF (Wood engravings)
These involved using WOOD as the material on which the image to be printed was created.
The wood was cut away from the area which was NOT to be printed, leaving the image to be printed standing up from the 'block', as it was called. In many cases, notably by the Illustrated London News, Harpers, and the numerous similar publications throughout the world, several smaller blocks were made and then joined to form a single larger print.
INTAGLIO ( Copper and steel engravings)
Up to about 1830, COPPER was used. Then STEEL, which was more durable and enabled many more copies to be printed from the original 'plate'.
The image was cut INTO the metal, in 'reverse' or 'mirror' of the original drawing. This was done by using special engraving tools. ETCHINGS were created by using acid to burn away the metal.
LITHOGRAPHY ( Surface printing )
This process was invented at the end of the 18th century, but did not come into common use until the latter part of the 19th century, when the process was adapted to mechanisation.
The design was drawn on to a flat STONE surface, using a greasy ink, which was then 'fixed' chemically.
The very earliest maps and engravings, by such a Sebastian MUNSTER, in the 16th Century, were never intended to be coloured.
It was not until the 17th Century, when the superb maps by BLAEU and others were individually coloured by hand at that time. The depth and splendour of some of the early colours was based on the preparation of pigments, some of which are not now available - a lost art.
Maps and prints which were coloured at the time of printing. Some care must be taken when buying these, to ensure that no oxydization has taken place - Greens and browns in particular tend to 'burn' through the paper. You should always hold any item you are interested in up to the light, to check not just for any such 'burning', but also to see whether there are any defects, such as small worm holes, evidence of repairs, etc.
Many antique maps or prints that were originally published uncoloured, have had modern colouring applied, or can be coloured to order. Normally a builder's 'size' will be applied to the surface of the print before colouring, to prevent the paint 'burning' the paper.
It is very much a matter of personal taste, as to whether you have any pieces coloured. The purists will argue that the map or engraving should be left in its original state. Others may prefer the added enjoyment of seeing their collection in attractive colours, particularly when the intention is to matt and frame them for display in the home or work place.
As ever, in the world of Antiques, your primary protection is the integrity, expertise and reputation of the Dealer. Having spent many years in the map and print trade, we have rarely encountered anything that approached a forgery. It is perhaps the feel of the paper, the crispness of the printed impression that distinguish the genuine article. Whenever possible, Postaprint provides a photostat of the Title page of the Atlas or Book from which the map or print came.
Modern reproductions are of course on the market, but these are normally quite recognisable as such, indeed are so modern in appearance as to be readily distinguished from an original.
Restoration is another matter. So much antique furniture has been restored or 'married' over the years, that to find a piece in truly original condition is becoming quite rare. Some antique maps may have had minor repairs carried out to, say, a slightly torn fold. It is ALWAYS advisable to hold anything you are considering buying up to a bright light - this will quickly reveal any repairs or restoration that may have been carried out.
SOME CARTOGRAPHIC TERMS
FOLIO - THE OVERALL PAPER SIZE WILL BE AROUND 25x20 INCHES (650x500mm)
QUARTO [4to] - AN OVERALL SIZE OF ABOUT 13x10 inches (320x250mm). (Roughly equivalent to a modern normal A4 letter heading size)
OCTAVO [8vo] - THE OVERALL SIZE IS some 7x5 inches (180x125mm)
We are specialist mail order suppliers of collectible historical antique maps and prints.
My name is Julie Bennett and I recently retired
to the Bahamas after a career in
education in England.
Jacques Bossuet (1627 - 1704), the French Bishop & author, wrote that Geography is one of the principal eyes of History. Such is the fascination of old, historical maps & engravings, that before emigrating, it became my hobby to offer antiquarian items on eBay & I have decided to resume, hoping to make yet more new friends.
My offers include a range of collectables, from decorative fine art, topographical views, pictures and lithographs to rare, scarce vintage ancient & classical county and country maps, historic town and city plans, books and atlases. I offer many examples of famous artists work and of the engravers art through the centuries. You will also find cartography from leading mapmakers, geographical topography, memorabilia & other geographic ephemera for collectors, interior designers & decorators, genealogy researchers as well as retail trade customers and frame shops.
Antique maps and prints make unusual & interesting gift ideas and presents, for birthday, anniversary, children or just for your own collection & pleasure, be it for home wall decor, den, nursery or office presentations!
Ideal for framing.