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The products in the sections below are almost all available to buy online. We are constantly reinvesting in our stock, and every week new items will be added to and sold from the website. We work hard to try and keep the website up to date. If you do not find what you are looking for then it is worth contacting us by email on the contact tab, or giving us a call to see whats new in. The majority of our range are original antique prints and these were produced in a variety of ways. The earliest pieces will be engravings produced on wood or metal plates. As the technology evolved lithographic processes created more possibilities for the print makers. They were no longer limited to lines and dots; patterns of ink reflecting pen and ink wash effects could be achieved with Aquatints. Stone Lithographs could imitate the delicate feel of pencil drawings. At the end of the 19th century printing plates could be photo-etched. People think of prints as being produced in large numbers and easily available. Whilst some prints certainly were made in relatively large numbers, the passage of time has left far fewer surviving, and time also gives each print its own character making each one unique in its own way. Sadly these days the skill required to produce engravings like those seen in the sections below have become almost entirely lost.  The cost to produce hand engraved plates, would be huge. When you look at these maps and prints; imagine a world less saturated in readily available information. They were often the only likely way that someone could get a sense of what a country, or exotic flower or wild animal looked like. Imagine the adventure and danger that the person who came back with the images experienced. Even after years of being around maps and prints, I still look and wonder how the map in front of me has survived hundreds of years and numerous owners and still looks so good.

  • ANTIQUE MAPS

    A fine selection of our antique maps of every part of the world, from the 16th Century to the early 20th Century. Illustrating the change from the fanciful, imagined depictions of lands and creatures well beyond the horizon; to the highly specific surveys of the late Victorian era.

  • ANTIQUE PRINTS

    We offer a wide range of Antique engravings on a huge variety of subjects. They are mainly from the 17th Century to the early 20th Century.They represent many different, but equally challenging production methods. Many of the prints are beautifully hand coloured.

  • PHOTOGRAPHS

    Our range of Photography covers original iconic military, aviation images and classic fifties and sixties motor sport.

  • EXCLUSIVES

    A stunning range of our own beautifully printed artworks, covering a wide range of subjects and created to the scale that you require.

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