[TRADE CATALOGUE] Specimen book of Schumacher & Ettlinger.
Schumacher & Ettlinger: New York, 32, 34 & 36 Bleecker Street [from cover], between 1870-1895. Original roan-backed boards. 7 x 11 inches (4 3/8 inches thick), containing approximately 240 ff. with mounted labels (plus some blanks), with labels mounted to recto and verso, usually in two versions, all printed in very fine chromolithography (in total, likely in excess of a thousand labels), most with the price per hundred and per thousand printed at the foot. Joints taped but the binding relatively sound, a few adhesions between labels (perhaps a dozen or so throughout, only a couple severe), in all in attractive condition for a specimen that would have seen extensive use, and a rare survival withal.
A remarkable piece of Americana with a very rich iconography, ranging from ornamental and classical figures to firemen, tramps, wrestlers, photographers, indeed a veritable panoply of American life (real and fantasy) of the period. The firm existed between 1870 and 1895, when it became The American Lithographic Company. The Schumacher family went on to print wallpapers (to the present day). This specimen book may have been intended as a trade catalogue, but it was most likely one retained by the company for internal use, based on provenance and other factors.
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