The World of Currier & Ives

King, Roy; Burke Davis

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Place Published: New York
Publisher: Random House
Edition: First printing
Binding: Hardcover
Book Id: 41313


140pp. Large oblong folio [36.5 cm tall x 48 cm wide] 1/4 natural beige cloth with light brown cloth over boards, the title stamped in black on the spine, and an embossed title on the front cover. Good plus. The boards are mildly sunned. There are a handful of light stains on the front cover, and the rear cover has a couple of more prominent, darker stains. Internally, very clean and bright.


All prints are from the Roy King collection. A stunning collection of Currier & Ives illustrations. In January of 1840 twenty-seven-year-old Nathaniel Currier published a drawing by W.K. Hewitt with the caption, "Awful Conflagration of the Steam Boat 'Lexington' in Long Island Sound." This was one of the first illustrated news stories in history, and within a few days Nathaniel Currier had found fame, with street peddlers besieging his shop, demanding copies of Currier's own hand-colored version of the Lexington print. Currier & Ives went on to become the first commercial exploiters of the process of lithography.

By This Author: King, Roy; Burke Davis
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