I found these beautiful old color lithograph prints in a battered book at the Goodwill Outlet in Saint Louis. They were printed at the Avil Printing Company in Philadelphia around 1888. The only information I could find about this company was that it burned to the ground in 1903, with $450,000 damage done. At the time they were publishing publications for the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, and the Drexel Institute. What a fine printing company they were, as you can see through these illustrations. These illustrations were in ‘The Beautiful Story: A Companion Book to the Holy Bible’ written and edited by J.W. Buel. Published by Peerless Publishing Co., Cincinnati, Ohio. Copyright, 1887, by H.S. Smith.
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