Our June Staff Picks!
These are our top picks for the month of June! Every month, we choose our favorite pieces. Shop our top picks, below!
The Life of George Washington 5-Volume Set by John Marshall,
First London Edition with All Maps, 1804-1807
“As the sole biographer with access to the Washington personal family papers, Marshall reviewed all histories and letters, inquired of those who had served Washington in war and in politics, and sought accuracy in describing details of a battle or Washington’s responsibilities. Marshall also had plenty of opportunities to observe Washington in action. Despite their 23 year age gap, their lives were intertwined. Both men were Virginians, Marshall’s father had been Washington’s friend and eventually a trusted advisor, and Marshall himself served as lieutenant and captain at a number of the battles described in the Life.”
1839 Engraved Portrait of General George Washington by Jean Nicolas Laugier
"The monochrome engraving was originally published in 1839 in New York. This 1924 re-strike likely used the same original engraving plate and is dated in the margins. The engraving is based off of Léon Cogniet’s painting from 1836. Cogniet based his portrait off of the original done by Gilbert Stuart. It is believed that Cogniet copied Washington’s head from the original “Virginia Regiment” portrait by Gilbert Stuart, which was painted from life in 1796 - and the source of the “flopped” image of Washington we find on the current one dollar bill. G.W. Parke Custis wrote that Washington's "matchless limbs" were rarely portrayed well, and singled out Jean Nicolas Laugier's 1839 engraving of the Cogniet painting (along with a portrait by Trumbull) as being two of the better examples."
"From October 31, 1753 to January 16, 1754, the young George Washington underwent a mission to the Ohio territory in order to deliver a letter to the French Commandant. Washington’s journal provides a valuable firsthand insight into the diplomatic policies, early indications of the French and Indian War (also called the Seven Years’ War), and gives the reader a wonderful example of Washington’s nascent military career. In the published journal, Washington describes the groups he came into contact with, his own fortification recommendations, and a map he surveyed while on the mission."
James Bond 007 Collage
"This is a fantastic signature collage that we designed for the ultimate James Bond fan! It features signatures from all six men who played James Bond in film. There are signed photos of Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Timothy Dalton, Daniel Craig, and Pierce Brosnan, as well as a toy gun signed by George Lazenby, all presented together in the same frame."
Eagle and Flag Bronze Sculpture by Lorenzo E. Ghiglieri, Limited Edition 205/475
"This is a limited edition bronze by famous artist Lorenzo Ghiglieri, who has been referred to as 'one of the Northwest's best-recognized and most prolific bronze sculptors.' His bronzes are displayed in places such as the White House and the Vatican, and are collected for their meaningful symbolism and uplifting messages. This eagle sculpture stands as a symbolic reminder of America's freedom."