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Odo Staab, [Didactic manuscript map of Europe.] [Germany], 1813.

A remarkable work of educational folk art

A unique and utterly charming early 19th-century manuscript visual compendium, combining cartography and natural history and most likely executed for classroom or tutorial use.  The composition features a central map of Europe, likely based on one from Johannes Walch’s Allgemeiner Atlas, first issued in 1803.  The map is surrounded by a plethora of finely-detailed vignettes: portraits […]

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[Probably after Clarence Larkin], THE DISPENSATIONS. No place, no date, but American, 20th century.

A mammoth, striking and powerful Dispensationalist banner

A mammoth and striking dispensationalist banner, mapping the spiritual development of humanity as purportedly predicted in the Old and New Testaments. Unsigned and unattributed, but the design strongly reminiscent of the work of Dispensationalist minister Clarence Larkin, and with a crude power that renders it a remarkable piece of American folk art. Clarence Larkin and […]

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Franklin Leavitt map of the White Mountains

A wonderful and scarce pictorial map by the renowned White Mountains cartographer, adventurer and poet Franklin Leavitt. By the mid-19th century the transmission of the Romantic ethos across the Atlantic, the rise of a middle class with disposable income, and the development of rail links with coastal cities transformed the White Mountains into a major […]

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[Untitled sketch book bearing 30 pages of clever and occasionally quite vivid sketches of Temperance allegories and cartoons.]

Unique Temperance sketch book, likely by a WCTU member

A unique and delightful book of sketches on Temperance themes, likely executed by a WCTU member in the mid-late 1880s. Based on internal evidence, the 30 pages of sketches were executed in Boston or elsewhere in eastern Massachusetts between 1886 and 1889, probably by a woman and member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Founded […]

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1912 Historic and Prophetic Diagram of the World

A remarkable ” Historic and Prophetic Diagram “

A striking early 20th-century Historic and Prophetic Diagram, possibly in the Dispensationalist tradition, with a crude power that renders it a remarkable piece of American folk art. The Diagram is a riot of text, color and imagery, organized chronologically from 4004 B.C. to 1912 A.D., bracketed by the “Eternity of the Past” and “Eternity of […]

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Early map of Reading, Pennsylvania, with wonderful folk-art additions

An all-but unrecorded map of Reading and Berks County, by an important Pennsylvania surveyor and with wonderful decorative elements. Reading was laid out along the Schuylkill River in 1748 and became the seat of Berks County in 1752. In the early 19th century it benefited mightily from the boom in canal and turnpike construction, followed […]

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Illustrated Cold War Current Event Calendars for 1981-87 and 1989.

Cold War-era desk calendars, massively extra-illustrated by a disgruntled Cold Warrior

Collection of government-issue desk calendars, massively illustrated during the Cold War by a disenchanted Department of Defense employee with 1000s of images of personal, local, national and international significance. The illustrator was a mid-level (GS-11/12) civilian planner and operations officer/analyst who worked for the Department of Defense at the US Army’s Combined Arms Combat Development […]

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Dispensational Truth Message to the Seven Churches banner

16-foot chronological banner based on Larkin’s “Dispensational Truth”

A mammoth and striking evangelical chronology, mapping the spiritual development of Christianity as predicted in Revelations to the historical development of the Christian Church. Based on the work of Dispensationalist minister Clarence Larkin, and with a crude power that renders it a remarkable piece of American folk and religious art. Clarence Larkin and Dispensationalism Dispensationalist […]

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