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Donahue, Henneberry & Co first began publishing in 1879 in Chicago. Their business sustained two major fires; one in 1886 and also in 1893 (as reported in the New York Times). They sold some of their un-copyrighted plates to Lovell in 1890 and then Donahue brought out Henneberry in 1903. It is apparent from the quality of the paper that this book was intended for the inexpensive trade market although the illustrations are wonderfully rendered with exceptional detail. Often with books from this publisher you will find the plates and stories used in other books of a similar series.
The paper of this print is a uniform “brown” color with some darkening and wear at the page edges in line with what you would expect of a print that is almost 110 years old. The rough edge from the binding has been removed but that is the only "altering" that has taken place (the interior edge is trimmed). Prints are carefully mounted on mats to simplify framing after purchase and to protect the print during shipment. All mat materials are acid and lignin free, the actual print is not archival safe. The original book measured approximately 7-1\/2 x 10” but the book plate is being sold custom matted to fit in a 9x12 standard frame
NOTE: Any time an image is transferred or viewed digitally there will be some color shifting. Likeness shown here is as close to actual color of print and mat as possible.
Antique book illustrations are always the perfect decorating choice for any room in your home or office. They also make great one of a kind gifts for the animal lover or history buff that enjoys the unique or unusual. Browse our store for other antique illustrations in this series to complete a matching wall grouping or for other areas of interest.
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