A Map of the State of Pennsylvania by Reading Howell,

Reading Howell


Extremely beautiful, original color map.   A Map of the State of Pennsylvania by Reading Howell, MDCCXCII To Thomas Mifflin Governor ... This . [Philadelphia and London]: for the Author and sold by James Phillips, George Yard, Lombard Street, London, 1792 

Beautifully bright original hand colored map in case, in 40 segments mounted on linen, forming a whole 38 x 64 3/8 in. in upper right the cartouche in oval frame below a copyright statement by "Samuel Caldwell, Clerk of the District of Pennsylvania,"

  • Price: $15,000.00 { What determines value? }

    Many factors go into pricing a print; rarity, desirability, artist, condition, age, and the history of former sales prices.

    “Weeds & Roses” A good analogy for how the pricing of a print is determined from desirability is my description of "Weeds and Roses". It actually works with a number of publications from Audubons to Atlases. 

    O.K., let's take a complete first edition set of Audubon's Birds of America- 435 Plates, printed by Robert Havell. The Wild Turkey & The Flamingo will be the “Roses”, they are the major plates. These images are usually more desirable making them the most expensive, in upwards of $200,000.

    The Song Birds or "Tweety" birds are the minor plates, or "Weeds". These images are usually less desirable making them less expensive, as low as $2,000.

    However, not everyone prefers roses over weeds. Just because one is more expensive does not mean it is more beautiful to you. Art is a personal preference and you should always go with what stands out to you :)