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Apr 142018
American Water Lily Victoria Regia

Victoria Regia: or The Great Water Lily of America.

Collection of beautiful antique chromolithographs by William Sharp and John Fisk Allen. Printed and published in Boston for the author. Illustrating the Victoria Regia; The Great Water Lily of America. Also includes Cover, Title, and Text pages with a brief account of the discovery into cultivation with illustrations by William Sharp. From Specimens grown at Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Click here to contact us about this collection.


Brief History of This Collection

William Sharp came to Boston from England in the late 1830’s, and jumped into printing colors from limestone plates-or lithographs. He was very proficient with incredible detail and use of color. He was a natural at his profession and produced five of the 6 plates. John Fisk Allen did only one. Can you guess which one is Allen’s?

When this rare book comes on the market it is usually offered as Americana. It was the first chromolithography published in the United States. Chromo means color. Lithograph meaning printed from limestone.

It was all about how fast magazines, subscriptions and books could be produced and published. Hand coloring took tremendous time, talent and money. Printing in colors, from limestone plates, certainly would be less expensive… IF you had a GREAT lithographer. Each color was applied with an individual key stoned limestone plate.

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