Macallister Wizard Magician in workshop tricks 1851 antique woodcut printBrian DiMambro- Antique & Vintage Maps, Prints, Books & Gold Coins
Macallister, the Celebrated Wizard and Magician
( 20th Century American culture, Wizardry, Magic)
Issued 1851, New York, by Gleasons Pictorial Drawing Room Companion
Wonderful original antique woodcut printed sheet. Printed in the mid 19th century, the actual paper sheet as seen from what is now a very scarce periodical.
Note sheet displays noticeable-to heavy age spotting & toning, which in many respects actually enhances the visual appearance of time and paper authenticity (as opposed to a modern reprint on new paper which looks perfect-yuck!). The near primitive form of representation is also worthy of note as being quaint and representative of the era-compare it to the absolute preponderance of color digital images freely available to modern eyes today.
An utterly fascinating old artifact regarding this topic. The visual effect is one of a long past time, and from this perspective the uniquely printed sheet of paper is most appealing. The type of now long gone machinery used and the look created by it is visually quaint by modern standards.
In Good+ to near VG [or better] condition: sheet displays uniform age browning/ toning as typical, light scattered spotting or foxing, light edge wear, perhaps a soft crease across the center of the sheet, and could have small edge splits which have been carefully and almost invisibly repaired on verso; overall the main image remains clean and very attractive. Any minor defects may hopefully be clearly seen in the images.
Text on verso as issued-This is an original printed sheet from this scarce 20th century American periodical. Thus, this form is the only way this image can be acquired other than perhaps as a modern reprint- but who wants that when you can have the original?
A delightful early 20th century print any collector, dealer, or institution would be happy to possess. Perfect for gift-giving, display, collecting, etc. Sure to interest any active mind who enjoys seeing history visually represented.
Sheet measures c. 11 1/8" x 15 7/8" .
Please examine the scan closely as it forms the central part of the description. There is a zoom feature so you can see close up. [note: we grade very conservatively and always seek to disclose any noteworthy flaws ].