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The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd. is one of the world's leading specialist shops in antique prints, maps and related books. Our business operates on a philosophy of offering the finest in old art on paper within a rigorously researched historic context.
Our gallery is located on a charming cobblestone corner of historic Chestnut Hill [view watercolor], in the northwest part of Philadelphia. Following easy directions, The Philadelphia Print Shop is convenient to reach by car or public transportation. The shop is about a half-hour (1/2 hr.) train or automobile ride from center city Philadelphia, about two (2) hours by car from New York City and two-and-a-half (2 1/2) hours from Washington, D.C.
Go to the Chestnut Hill web site for other attractions in our Philadelphia neighborhood.
As of April 2012, the parking lots in Chestnut Hill are monitored by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, and payment is made using the kiosks located in each lot. Visit YouTube to see an instructional video about using the kiosks.
Visitors to our shop are welcome to browse through our collection of over 20,000 antique maps and prints, or to view our impressive array of related reference works, rare plate books and atlases. Our knowledgeable staff is always pleased to discuss any aspect of antique prints and maps, or offer advice on any questions you might have.
The shop is open from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. During the holiday shopping season, November 29 through December 23, the shop is also open Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Wednesday evenings until 9:00 pm.
If you will be in Philadelphia and would like to visit outside of normal hours, please feel free to contact us by phone or email in order to set up a special appointment. We are closed most major holidays.
The Philadelphia Print Shop, founded by partners Donald H. Cresswell and Christopher W. Lane, first opened its doors in September 1982. The two partners came to the antique print and map business by very different paths. Don Cresswell had worked at the Library of Congress on its collection of Revolutionary War prints and was a college librarian before working as a cataloguer and salesman for Graham Arader. Chris Lane was working on his Ph.D. thesis in Philosophy when he decided to take a hiatus to research and pursue his hobby of collecting antique maps and prints. Chris and Don started their own business a year later, in order to pursue their common interest in antique prints and maps.
From the beginning Don and Chris focused on providing an extensive collection of prints and maps of all kinds, well researched and fairly priced. They worked happily with institutions, beginning and advanced collectors, those interested in decoration for their home or office, and those looking for an unusual gift. In addition to its extensive website , the Print Shop has issued informative catalogues on different topics, including Americana, natural history, maps, genre prints, and fine art prints. The staff has now grown to six from a business initially consisting solely of the two partners.
The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd. exhibits at many of the finest antiques shows around the country, and Don and Chris have appeared as expert appraisers on the popular PBS television program The Antiques Road Show.
Chris having relocated to Colorado in 2010, the partners opened a branch there. As of January 1, 2015, Chris and Don amicably dissolved their partnership. Don is now sole proprietor of The Philadelphia Print Shop, and Chris operates his own business in Denver.
Our inventory encompasses a wide selection of original prints, maps and books from the 15th through the 19th centuries. These include woodcuts, engravings and lithographs, many with original hand coloring, ranging in price from $25 to $125,000. A major part of our inventory is our selection of Philadelphiana, including views, portraits, maps and books relating to Philadelphia and its history. Our natural history selection is also particularly strong, including images of flowers, birds, fish, quadrupeds, and many other aspects of the natural world. Amongst the naturalists represented are Audubon, Catesby, Curtis, Wilson, Redouté and Ehret. Our stock also includes fine art, genre, Americana, historical, American Indian, and sporting prints. These include images printed in America and Europe, by such publishers, artists and firms as Currier & Ives, Catlin, Bodmer, Boydell, and Trumbull. We also carry one of the country's broadest inventories of antique maps and views of all parts of the world, with special emphasis on America. Cartographers represented include Sebastian Munster, Abraham Ortelius, Gerard Mercator and Willem Blaeu; and view makers include John Hill, William Bennett and William Bartlett. Our book offerings include scarce travels and histories, beautiful color plate books and one of the widest selections of reference books on prints and maps available anywhere.
Besides our extensive inventory, The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd. offers a complete range of complementary services, including restoration, conservation, hand binding, appraisals and research. All these services are provided to the highest standards demanded by museums and collectors. We are happy to discuss, give estimates and offer advice with respect to any of these services.
We have a page specifically dedicated to the antique shows at which we exhibit.
Clients may also sign up for our newsletter to be kept up-to-date on other events and our changing inventory. Your welcome message will include a $20 coupon towards a purchase of $100 or more.
For more information call, write, fax or e-mail to:
8441 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 242-4750 [Phone]
(215) 242-6977 [Fax]
©The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd. Last updated November 29, 2015