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AUCTION 22

 

Buffalo Prints: 1697 to 1890


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85.     [BUFFALO]. Collection of ten prints of buffalo, icon of the West. V.p., 1697 to ca. 1890, in chronological order:

VANNI, Violante. Bove della nuova Francia; [below image at right] Violante Vanni fecit. Copper-engraved plate of buffalo in landscape next to a tree from which an opossum hangs, more buffalo in background. border to border: 21.1 x 17 cm; overall sheet size: 31 x 23.7 cm. Some soiling to blank margins, else fine. The plate appeared at Figure 19 in in Il Gazzettiere Americano contenente un distinto ragguaglio di tutte le parti del nuovo mondo (Livorno, 1763). The image is derived from Hennepin, Nouvelle découverte d’un très grand Pays Situé dans L’Amérique (Utrecht, 1697).

MCKENNEY, Thomas L[oraine] & James Hall. Hunting the Buffaloe. Published by E.C. Biddle, Philadelphia. Drawn Printed & Coloured at J.T. Bowen’s Lithographic Establishment No. 94 Walnut St. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1837, by E.C. Biddle, in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of Penna.; [in image at lower left] A.H. Philadelphia, ca. 1837. Hand-colored lithograph after a painting by Peter Rindisbacher, depicting a Native American in elaborate buckskin outfit and feather headdress aiming bow and arrow at wounded buffalo he pursues on horseback; in the background is another group of Native Americans chasing and attacking a herd, all set within a landscape of lake surrounded by hills. Image without title and imprint information: 22.8 x 39.2 cm; overall sheet size: 33.5 x 49.1 cm. A few tears neatly mended (no losses) and some mild foxing, the print itself is very good, clean, and bright. This image was the frontispiece for Volume II of the History of the Indian Tribes of North America (1836-1844).

LIZARS, W.H. & J. Stewart. The American Bison; [above image] Plate 30; [below image] J. Stewart Delt | Lizars Sc. Engraving with some color highlights. Image: 7 x 15.7 cm; overall sheet size: 10 x 16.2 cm. Lone male buffalo set in finely detailed landscape with mountains behind and herd running. This print is from William Jardine’s Naturalist’s Library (Edinburgh, ca. 1835 to 1837).

AUDUBON, J[ohn] J[ames]. American Bison or Buffalo; [at top above image] No. 12 | Plate LVI; [below image] On Stone by Wm. E. Hitchcock; [below at left] Drawn from Nature by J.J. Audubon F.R.S F.L.S; [below at right] Lith. Printed & Cold. by J.T. Bowen, Phil. Philadelphia, n.d. (undetermined edition). Hand-colored lithograph of male buffalo in foreground set against a rolling prairie with hills in the distance, six other buffalo in background. Image (without title, etc.): 12.5 x 20 cm; overall sheet size: 16.3 x 26.8 cm. A few mild stains to blank margins, otherwise very good, excellent color. The plate appeared in an edition of Audubon’s The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.

AUDUBON, J[ohn] J[ames]. American Bison or Buffalo; [below image] On Stone by Wm. E. Hitchcock [below at left] Drawn from Nature by J.J. Audubon F.R.S F.L.S [below at right] Lith. Printed & Cold. by J.T. Bowen, Phila. Philadelphia, n.d. (undetermined edition). Hand-colored lithograph of two buffalo with buffalo calf in foreground set against a rolling prairie and canyon, travelling herd in background. Image (without title, etc): 13.2 x 19 cm; overall sheet size: 16.4 x 26.8 cm. Trimmed to image at top. Some stains and images below, most not affecting image, otherwise very good, strong color. The plate appeared in an edition of Audubon’s The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.

EASTMAN, Seth. Four sharp steel-engravings (three of which are from Eastman’s Chicora, Philadelphia, 1854). Eastman and his wife Mary were stationed at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, from 1841 to 1848. Condition fine save for foxing.

Buffalo Chase; [below image] S. Eastman. Capt. U.S.A. Pl. 9. R. Hinshelwood. Image: 14 x 22.3 cm; overall sheet size: 24.5 x 31.5 cm. The print shows a mounted Native American about to kill a buffalo with an arrow; another warrior in the background is using a rifle to shoot another buffalo, rolling plains.

Hunting the Buffalo in Winter. Pl. 10.; [below image] S. Eastman. U.S.A. Pl. 10. R. Hinshelwood. Image: 16 x 23 cm; overall sheet size: 24.7 x 31.7 cm. Two Native Americans on snow-shoes, one holding a spear, the other ready to shoot an arrow, one buffalo down, another being stalked, herd in background, backdrop of snow-covered mountains and trees, rays of light in sky.

Skinning the Buffalo. [below image] Drawn by Captn. S. Eastman, U.S.A. Pl. 13. Engd. by J.C. McRae. Image: 13.8 x 20.5 cm; overall sheet size: 24.7 x 31.5 cm. Two Native Americans skinning a felled buffalo, a quiver, bow, rifle, and powder horn in foreground, in the background are two saddled horses in a backdrop with lake, rolling hills and mountains.

Hunter Dismounted. Pl. 12; [below image] Drawn by Capt. S. Eastman, U.S.A. Image: 16.4 x 22.3 cm; overall sheet size: 24.7 x 31.5 cm. Mountain-man type holding a rifle, having shot and wounded a buffalo, herd in background, rolling plains, streams of lights from clouds. This image is not from Chicora.

UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD. The Oldest Inhabitant on Line of Union Pacific. Lithograph in brown tones. Visible from mat: 42.5 x 58 cm. Matted, maple frame, under glass. N.p., n.d. (1890s). One minor bump at lower right and a few minor tears (no losses), overall very good. This print was created as a promotional to hang in Union Pacific stations along the route.

($1,000-3,000)

Sold. Hammer: $1,100.00; Price Realized: $1,320.00

Auction 22 Abstracts

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