Bird’s eye views of Alexandria, Virginia on Union Civil War patriotic envelopes. Charles Magnus.
Bird’s eye views of Alexandria, Virginia on Union Civil War patriotic envelopes.
Bird’s eye views of Alexandria, Virginia on Union Civil War patriotic envelopes.
Bird’s eye views of Alexandria, Virginia on Union Civil War patriotic envelopes.
Bird’s eye views of Alexandria, Virginia on Union Civil War patriotic envelopes.

Bird’s eye views of Alexandria, Virginia on Union Civil War patriotic envelopes.

New York: Chas. Magnus, circa 1862-1863. Envelope or Cover.

Four unused illustrated patriotic covers published by Charles Magnus during the Civil War. Two of the illustrations are in color and two are in b/w. All of the envelopes are in nice shape; light soiling with some old mounting ghosts on the reverse of some.

All of the views are different and show the city center, docks, and railroad. They are titled: Bird’s Eye View of Alexandria, Va. No. 4.C, No. 5.B, No. 5.C., and No. 5.C. (a different illustration). Very good. Item #009360

Magnus, a New York City printing entrepreneur, is known for his color lithographs of city views, song sheets, maps, and patriotic illustrations for stationery and covers during the American Civil War. His work was especially popular, and he is best-known for the extensive variety of high-quality illustrated envelopes he published. He produced his covers using steel, copper, and stone plates, hand and stencil coloring, and color lithography. Magnus, himself, applied the final coloring on his most complex works.

Although examples of these envelopes occasionally turn up for sale on eBay, as of 2019, no others are currently for sale in the trade and there are no auction records for these covers in the Rare Book Hub database. Nine examples (some duplicates) of similar Alexandria envelopes (1.A., 1.C., 2.B., 5.A., and 5.C.) are held between the American Antiquarian Society and George Mason University.

Price: $300.00

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