Lea Wait, whose alter ego, Maggie Summer, is an antique print dealer in the Shadows Antique Print Mystery series, is herself a fourth generation antique dealer who’s been an antique print dealer since 1977. For many years she operated her business, MAH Antiques, with her mother; now her partner is her husband, Bob Thomas.
Although today writing is her primary interest, Lea still sells her prints at a few antique shows each year (see EVENTS for her schedule,) by appointment at her home, and by mail. If you’re looking for decorative antique prints for your home or office, feel free to contact her.
If you’d like to find out more about the fascinating world of antique prints, here’s a list of books, periodicals and organizations to help get you started.
The American Historical Print Collectors Society (publication: Imprint); P.O. Box 201, Fairfield, Connecticut 06430 www.ahpcs.org
Beam, Philip C. Winslow Homer’s Magazine Engravings. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.
Benson, Richard. The Printed Picture. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2008.
Blunt, Wilfrid and Stern, William T. The Art of Botanical Illustration. Kew: Antique Collector’s Club in association with The Royal Botanic Gardens, 1994.
Blum, Ann Shelby. Picturing Nature: American Nineteenth-Century Zoological Illustration. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1993.
Book Source Monthly; 2007 Syossett Drive, Cazenovia, New York 13035. www.booksourcemonthly.com
Cikovsky, Nicolai Jr. and Kelly, Franklin. Winslow Homer. New Haven and London: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and Yale University Press, 1995.
Hart-Davis, Duff. Audubon’s Elephant: America’s Greatest Naturalist and the Making of The Birds of America. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2004.
Hamilton, James. Arthur Rackham: A Life With Illustration. London: Pavilion Books, Ltd., 1990.
Harthan John. The History of the Illustrated Book: The Western Tradition. London: Thames and Hudson, Ltd, 1981.
Hults, Linda C. The Print in the Western World: An Introductory History. Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1996.
Journal of the Print World, Inc. P.O. Box 978, Meredith, New Hampshire, 03253.
The Magazine Antiques, Brant Publications, Inc. 575 Broadway, New York, New York 10012
Maine Antique Digest, P.O. Box 1429, Waldoboro, Maine 04572 www.maineantiquedigest.com
Meyer, Susan E. A Treasury of the Great Children’s Book Illustrators, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc, Publishers, 1983.
St. Hill, Thomas Nast (intro.) Thomas Nast’s Christmas Drawings. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1978.