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Imagine that you are living in Victorian England around the dawn of the last century. You are one of the lucky children to be from an affluent family that divides their time between the city and your family’s country estate. It is the dawn of a new century when exciting worlds are opening in the education of children. You might be a child lucky enough to be given The Children’s Natural History Scrap Album. This wonderful scrap album that is “embracing faithful illustrations of the animal world in its most prominent species.” Each page includes numbered chromolithographic embossed illustration “stamps” to be pasted into numbered frames with the name beneath, most with the Latin as well as the English common name.

This wonderful print is of “Fishes: Chondropterygil, Plagiostoml, Cycostoml” from a 1900 copy of the Children’s Natural History Scrap Album published by O. Newmann and Co. of London. It seems hard to imagine that most children would be familiar with the Latin names but the stamps are so beautiful and unique they must have been well loved albums for these privileged children.

The actual print definition and quality are typical of that time period, although this print is on fairly high grade paper, when the stamps were attached to the paper their weight caused a wrinkle effect to occur. The colors on the stamps are as vibrant today as when published 100+ years ago, and offer a glimpse into art created at the turn of the last century.

There is slight yellowing of the paper overall as well as much darker aging around the page edges. The rough edge from the binding has been removed but that is the only "altering" that has taken place (the interior edge has been trimmed). Prints are carefully mounted on mats to simplify framing after purchase and to protect the print during display/shipment. All mat materials are acid and lignin free, the actual print is not archival safe. The original book measured approximately 6-1/2 x 9-1/2” but the book plate is being sold custom matted to fit in a 9x12 standard frame.

Antique book illustrations are always the perfect decorating choice for any room in your home or office. They also make great gifts for any occasion - weddings, birthdays, baby gifts - as they are always charming, unique and 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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Natural History 1900 Antique Print of Fish and Strange Marine Creatures


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  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: original antique book illustration, mat, cardstock
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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