**NOT PRINTS**----A PAIR of fabulous original antique botanical drawings or paintings as they might be described, in watercolor, each 12" by 15 1/2" (and 19" by 25" as identically framed), both bearing old 1958 framing labels from the legendary Goodspeed's Book Shop on Beacon Hill in Boston. These drawings, found in Connecticut, are of the first half of the 19th century. The fruits depicted are the Large Jambu, otherwise commonly known as the Rose Apple; and the Rambutan (from the Malay "rambut", or, "hairy" describing the distinctive appearance of the seed pod). Both fruits are native to Southeast Asia and are today found at low elevation tropical latitudes around the world. The rambutan work has loss of paint especially visible in the green leaves. The Jambu work has a 3" vertical tear in the paper from bottom center, as well as a disturbed area at very top center that appears white---perhaps evidence of an early repair. The flaws are to be expected in works on paper close to 175 years old. These are antique drawings and they show the scars of time. Hanging on a wall as fine decoration, they rise above these flaws. Goodspeed's was a classic antiquarian and book shop from which amazing material emanated for decades. Frames show some wear. More detailed photos showing the condition upon request.
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