Posted 3 years ago
Found these two at a thrift store. Likely taken from books.
What annoyed me was that person mounted them in their nice mattes with TAPE. I was horrified, because tape is so unprofessional. Worse, they were put in sunny areas, as the matted portion was lighter than the visible portions, which darkened as UV kills paper and fades ink.
Using a sharp blade at an angle and careful, close peeling, I safely removed the tape, but it left its mark. One had been mounted before with low-quality tape that yellowed and permanently damaged the paper.
One has 1829 printed on it. Another has a penciled in (more recently?) date of 1761. Both are on very old, quality paper and are real engravings. The publishers and printers on each do mach up with their dates.
But I don't know if they're both c. 1829 or if one is and the other is indeed c. 1761, taken from a book printed then in which the person was kind enough to write the date on the back.