Alligator & Iguana & Chameleon &c. fine 1808 vintage old print
$ 34.95

LACERTA

Issued New York: 1808.

Engraved by Thenchard.

Appealing and uncommon early-19th century engraved print.

The assemblage of images in this manner is entirely unique to this era of pictorial representation in the history of American engraving.

This type of engraved printing process was very difficult and laborious, involving long-apprenticed, highly trained skillful pictorial artisans. It also involved challenging hand-operated machinery, tricky manual tasks such as proper inking of plates, sheets of hand-made paper individually hung to dry, skill in all aspects of production, patience, and other endless tasks and labors. Because of these and various other historical factors, this printed leaf is an interesting original artifact from long past moment in printing upon paper.

Please view scan closely. There is an enlargeable zoom feature that allows for a close inspection
. This is central to the listing. It takes precedence over any words we use. Look at the scan. Study it. Then decide .*

Sheet looks its age -- it is lightly to moderately age toned, foxed (age-spotted), yet still appealing visually.

Could readily be displayed or collected.

In all, remains a charming antique printed image any collector, dealer or institution would be pleased to own.

Sheet measures c. 7 3/8" W x  9 7/8" H.

Engraved area measures c. 6 5/8" W x  8 3/8" H.

[E21697]

*[ note: We grade very conservatively and always seek to disclose any noteworthy flaws. We are doing our best to show & describe this item so you are happy when it arrives ].

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