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The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd.Historical Prints

Prints of World Explorations


GoPortraits of famous explorers
GoSixteenth century expeditions to the New World
from De Bry's Grand Voyages
GoJames Cook's voyages to the Pacific
Go19th century portraits of natives from around the world


James Cook
William Ridley. "Captain James Cook." From The Naval Chronicle. London: J. Gold, 1799-1818. Aquatint by W. Ridley. Image ca. 4 1/2 x 3 1/2. Very good condition.

Between 1799 and 1818, The Naval Chronicle, was the preeminent maritime journal reporting news about the British navy. Issued twice a year, it was published during a period in which the British navy fought the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812, and came to "rule the waves." This wonderful journal included action reports, intelligence on various matters related to the British and other navies, and biographies of naval officers. Many of the reports were accounts by officers directly involved, such as Lord Horatio Nelson. Included with the articles were portraits, images of naval action, and views of the many ports in which the navy called. These are important, first-hand images of this turbulent period. This is a finely worked aquatint by William Ridley after his life-portrait, one of the best contemporary engravings of Cook. $250
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Portraits of Alexander von Humboldt. Ca. 1850. Engravings. Images ca. 4 x 3 1/2. Very good condition.

Portraits of John C. Fremont. Ca. 1860. Steel engravings. Images ca. 7 1/2 x 5 1/2. Very good condition.

E.K. Kane
Alonso Chappel after a photograph. "E.K. Kane." New York: Jonson, Fry & Co., 1862. Steel engraving. 7 1/4 x 5 1/4. Very good condition.

A nicely engraved portrait of the Arctic explorer, Elisha Kent Kane. He began his career as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy and was involved in two expeditions in search of the lost expedition of Sir John Franklin. $50

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