First the bad news: The shop will remain closed through January 23rd. I’m not ready to open up again just yet, and I’m having too much fun puttering around and finding things that I forgot all about. You can, however, catch us at the Brooklyn Flea every Saturday & Sunday at 625 Atlantic Avenue across from Barclays Center.
Now for the good news: I am using this time to find some great new books & prints as well as expanding my knowledge of antique printing techniques. One of my favorite techniques is chromolithography.
According to wikipedia, “chromolithography is a unique method for making multi-colour prints. This type of colour printing stemmed from the process of lithography, and includes all types of lithography that are printed in colour. Lithographers sought to find a way to print on flat surfaces with the use of chemicals instead of raised relief or recessed intaglio techniques.”
If you are interested in knowing more about the scientific process or the history, you can read the whole article here: .https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromolithography
These recently acquired German plates from an 1891 astronomy educational text are fantastic examples of fine chromolithography. Probably done on stone, they are whimsical, colorful and detailed. The lunar landscapes are particularly fascinating. I will be matting these over the next few weeks. Feel free to contact me for availability and pricing.