Thursday, November 17, 2011

Season's Greetings from Arader Galleries

As the holiday season draws near, the quest to find the perfect gift begins!

Please stop by Arader Galleries throughout the holiday season to view our
impressive collection of 
original maps, engravings,
lithographs, and watercolors.


Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm

Holiday Hours:

December 24th (Christmas Eve) - 11am - 3pm
December 25th - Merry Christmas!
December 26th - Closed
December 31 - Closed
January 1st - Happy New Year!
January 2 - Closed

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

An interview with Graham Arader

Photograph by Ben Hoffmann

ForbesLife Magazine conducted an insightful interview with Graham Arader about his 40-plus years of experience in the map and rare book world. Beginning with a tour of the Rare Books Vault located in the New York Gallery, Mr. Arader presents an inside view into his world of collecting and dealing rare maps, books and prints and discusses those in his profession who have taken their love for rare maps too far.

"Maps combine art, power, psychology, history, commerce, and fantasy" states Mr. Arader from his gallery at 29th East 72nd Street in New York City. Mr. Arader began his business while in college at Yale. He was captain of the squash team and all–Ivy League for three years--but his life changed when he met Alexander Orr Vietor, the curator of Yale's map collection. "I am the only guy in history who used Yale as a trade school," Arader says. "Mr. Vietor let me use his personal reference library and taught me the standards of collecting. I sold $100,000 in maps my senior year in college.”

With an extensive collection of maps, globes, natural history and botanical prints and great love of history, Mr. Arader has amassed an inventory of over $600 million, spread throughout his five galleries nation-wide. He has also seen first hand the underside of the dealing world and has worked with the FBI and government agencies to capture and convict map and rare book thieves.

With no plans of stopping anytime soon, Mr. Arader continues to collect, deal and make charitable contributions to schools and organizations, hoping to entice and educate the public about these rare and fascinating pieces of history. As he dutifully states, “They tell history in a way you can't get in any other art form.”

To read the full interview, please visit: ForbesLife Magazine

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Building Blocks for Education

Arader Galleries is proud to announce that its founder and namesake, W. Graham Arader has gifted Northeastern University a number of historically significant maps, engravings, woodcuts and botanical watercolors. The Arader Galleries Collection is on display at Snell Library, and the pieces have been incorporated into a new course, “Picturing the World,” introduced by Georges Van Den Abbeele, founding dean of the College of Social Studies and Humanities and is co-instructed by English professor Beryl Schlossman.

“The Arader Galleries Collection has enhanced our course in a tremendous way,” said Dean Van Den Abbeele. “By giving students access to these works, we have quite literally brought history into the classroom. The pieces we’ve acquired from the nation’s leading expert on historically significant maps underscore Mr. Arader’s support of cultural institutions and his commitment to making these bits of history available to a greater audience.

“Dean Van Den Abbeele and Professor Schlossman have created an innovative curriculum that delves deeply into the historic relationships between early exploration and trade, and the beauty and science of nature, technology and art,” Arader said. “Arader Galleries and I are thrilled to provide Northeastern University with these important works so students can see firsthand their beauty and understand their historic importance.”

Friday, November 4, 2011

Early Streetcar Scene of San Francisco

Eduard Hildebrandt (1818 - 1869)
San Francisco Streetcars
Paper size: 14 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches; 16” x 21” framed
Watercolor on Whatman paper
Signed lower right: E. Hildebrandt
Inscribed lower left: San Francisco

This lovely street scene depicts a view of San Francisco up California Street past Montgomery Street. There is a wonderful sense of one-point perspective in the picture plane with notable local landmarks on either side of the prominently featured road: the Parrott Building and St. Mary's are seen off to the right, to the left is Grace Church, and in the background is Nob Hill. A steam-powered trolley car divides the foreground from the background while a scene of barrels being unloaded exists in along the picture’s center.

Born in Danzig in 1818, Edward Hildebrandt came from a family of artists, his brother being the notable marine painter Trite Hildebrandt (1819 - 1855). An influential time in his career spanned the dates 1860 - 1862 when he went on a grand world tour. His stops included the Middle East, India, Singapore, Siam (Thailand), Macao, Hong Kong, China, The Philippines, Japan and the United States. Hildebrandt worked primarily with watercolors to document the sites that he saw which were then published in Berlin as chromolithographs in 1864. Hildebrandt’s original watercolors were exhibited twice in the later years of his life: in London in 1866 and at an exhibition at the Crystal Palace in 1868, just a year prior to his death in Berlin. For more information on this fascinating watercolor, please call Arader Galleries at 415.788.5115, or visit our San Francisco location at 435 Jackston Street.

Arader Galleries is also pleased to present our new catalog, California, celebrating the rich history of Northern California, from the time of exploration, to the advances in photography that captured the beauty of the area, and including the birds and mammals that are native to Northern Calfornia. Please contact contact Arader Galleries San Francisco location to request a copy.

Friday, October 21, 2011

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

View of Hong Kong Island
Chinese, c. 1845-1855

Gouche on pith paper

Ernst Friedrich Carl Lang (1748-1782)
Gouache on vellum ornithological painting

Arader Galleries is happy to announce that we will be participating in the San Francisco Fall Antiques show this year!

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Shows runs from October 27th to the 30th, 2011 at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. Tickets to the San Francisco Fall Antiques show may be purchased at
We hope you will stop by to see our extraordinary collection of antique prints, maps and original watercolors!

Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason, San Francisco

October 27 to October 30, 2011

Thursday - Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Currier and Ives :: 19th Century Americana

The publishing firm of Currier & Ives created the most popular and highly regarded lithographs of quintessentially American scenes ever produced. The quality, vast scope and engagingly populist style of their works have made their names synonymous with an idealistic vision of 19th-century American promise and optimism.

Nathaniel Currier began his lithographic career as an apprentice in 1828. By the mid-1830’s he had established his own firm on Spruce Street in New York City. In 1857 James Ives became a partner in the flourishing business, which went on to produce over 7,000 lithographs by 1907.

Currier & Ives was undoubtedly the most prolific firm of lithographers in America, its output greater than that of all the other firms combined. The remarkable scope of this production was matched by the company’s ability to anticipate popular themes and subject matter. Among their many works are lithographs depicting sporting, railroad and rural scenes, marine, and western views, as well as foreign and domestic city views, historical tableaux, and a wide range of sentimental, morally instructive and advertising images. Arader Galleries presently has available a remarkable number of the most spectacular lithographs produced by this renowned firm. Please visit our San Francisco gallery location to see our fine selection of these prints, or call us at 415.788.5115 to receive our Currier & Ives catalog.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

man's best friend

We are pleased to present our latest catalog highlighting our extraordinary collection of 19th century engravings, lithographs, photographs and paintings illustrating man’s best friend. The dog has long been man’s choice as a companion, guardian, assistant in hunting and friend.

Most of the dogs featured in this catalog belong to the sporting group, and were bred and trained primarily to assist with hunting game. Breeding for appearance was only introduced in the 19th century. Prior, dogs had been bred based on traits helpful for their intended duties. We hope you enjoy this fine selection of British, French and American illustrations of various breeds of dogs!

Please contact Arader Galleries' San Francisco location at 415.788.5115 with any questions or requests to receive this catalog. Also, please be sure to revisit our web site,, which contains updated images of other available inventory from our gallery.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Special Distribution of John Gould's Hummingbirds

Eriocnemis Alinae
Spathura Solstitialis
Chrysobronchus Viridicaudus

Arader Galleries is pleased to announce a syndicated distribution of authentic hand colored lithographs from John Gould's most famous work: A Monograph of the Trochilidae - the Hummingbirds. These beloved images were published between 1849 and 1881. They were based on specimens in Gould's own magnificent collection and on his own travels. They are renowned for their use of mineral inks that duplicate the iridescence that makes these birds so special. This is the finest natural history coloring of all time. Nothing else before or since compares. These 418 beautiful, hand colored lithographs in superb condition will be distributed on Saturday, September 17th at our gallery in New York at 1016 Madison Avenue between 78th and 79th street. A price list is available on request.

A syndication is a wonderful opportunity to build or add to a collection at tremendously discounted prices. 83 shares consisting of five lithographs are available at $4,800, or $960 each. The order of selection will be determined in three rounds by a random lottery. Numbers 1 through 83 will be drawn and beginning with "1" each owner will select one piece. The order will be reversed in the second round, with each owner beginning with "83" selecting two pieces. The final round will also be in reverse order, and two more pieces will be selected. The process is fun, and owner is guaranteed to receive lithographs having a retail value of at least $25,000. A deposit of $1,000 will hold your place in the syndication, with the balance due ten days prior to the sale. You have the right to return your share for any reason until December 31, 2012.

Please contact Arader Galleries at 415.788.5115 for additional questions and to purchase a share.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Summer Art Exhibitions

Don't miss any of these spectacular art exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California!

San Francisco Botanical Garden Library

"Dahlias! A Photographic Tribute to San Francisco's Official Flower"
Photography by Franck Avril
May 4 – August 31, 2011

Asian Art Museum

Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance

February 25 – September 11

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avent-Garde

May 21 – September 6,

De Young Museum

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris

June 11, 2011 - October 9, 2011

San Francisco Maritime Museum

Mapping the Pacific Coast: Coronado to Lewis and Clark

Maritime National Historical Park

July 1 - October 31, 2011

Legion of Honor

Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection

July 9, 2011 - October 2, 2011

California Historical Society

A Century of Landscapes: Selections from the California Art Club

14 – October 15

University of California , Berkley Art Museum

Rome, Naples, Venice: Italian Masterworks from the BAM/PFA Collection

July 6, 2011 - October 15, 2011

In Southern California

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Paris: Life and Luxury

April 26–August 7, 2011

Timken Museum of Art

George Inness in Italy

June 10, 2011 - September 18, 2011

The Huntington Library and Art Collections

Out of the Shadows: Joshua Reynolds’ Celebrity Portraiture and the Market for Mezzotints in 18th-Century Britain
July 2, 2011–Sept. 26, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

McKenney & Hall Portraits of Native Americans

Mo-Hon-Go An Osage Woman

No-Tim A Chippewa Chief

Petalesharoo A Pawnee Brave


It is with the greatest pleasure that we introduce to you our latest catalog highlighting our extraordinary collection of portraits of Native Americans by McKenney and Hall. Thomas McKenney was Superintendent of Indian Affairs from 1816 until 1830, and one of a very few government officials to defend American Indian interests. When a large delegation of Indians came to see President Monroe in 1821, McKenney commissioned the portraitist Charles Bird King to paint the principal delegates, dressed in costumes of their choice. Many of the most prominent Indian leaders of the nineteenth century were among King’s sitters, including Sequoyah, Red Jacket, Major Ridge, Cornplanter, and Osceola.

McKenney later worked with James C. Hall, a Cincinnati judge and novelist, to compile copies of King’s portraits and produce History of Indian Tribes of North America in 1836. Most of King’s original portraits were subsequently destroyed in a fire at the Smithsonian in 1865, so their appearance in McKenney and Hall’s publication is the only record of the likenesses of many of the most prominent Indian leaders of the nineteenth century:

These hand-colored lithographs by McKenney and Hall remain as the most complete and colorful record of the native leaders who made the long journey to Washington to speak for their people.
Please call Arader Galleries San Francisco location at 415.788.5115 to receive the catalog. There is also a great display of McKenney and Hall lithographs hanging at the San Francisco 432 Jackson Street location.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Celestial Charts by Johann Bayer

Though he was a lawyer and not an astronomer by profession, Johann Bayer created one of the most memorable seventeenth-century guides to the constellations, entitled Uranometria, in honor of Urania, the muse of astronomy. First published in Augsburg in 1603, the Uranometria included celestial maps that were not only highly appealing on a visual level, but also significant in the history of astronomy. They were the first charts to identify astral magnitude (brightness) with a lettering system, using Greek characters for the brighter stars and Roman letters for the fainter. Although the Italian cartographer Alessandro Piccolomini had earlier used a somewhat similar system, it was not until Augustin Royer used the Bayer letters in 1679, followed shortly by John Flamsteed, that the system gained currency among celestial chartmakers. Bayer’s atlas also added 12 new constellations, in the southern sky, to the 48 of Ptolemy.

Bayer’s stellar lettering system -- which we still use for stars visible to the naked eye -- and his presentation of the recently discovered constellations were significant contributions to celestial cartography. Ironically, it may be that his work on the atlas had an ulterior motive. Bayer, by profession a lawyer, was really an amateur astronomer. He dedicated his atlas to the city council and to two leading citizens of Augsburg, who rewarded him with an honorarium and, later, a seat on the council as legal adviser. In any event, these are important star charts of considerable charm from the early seventeenth century.

Stop by Arader Galleries San Francisco location to see our fine selection of these incredible star charts. For more information, visit our web site, or call us at 415.788.5115

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

An Amazing Collection of Japanese Carriages

These extraordinary Japanese watercolors with stencil prints, from the Meiji Period, illustrate various types of Japanese carriages, Kago, or litter, and Jinrikisha, or rickshaws, of noble families from various cities in Japan. All of these types of transport would have been used by the Japanese nobility during the 19th century. From the end of the 12th century 1868, Japan was ruled by the samurai class, with each region being governed by a shogun (the highest military rank). In 1868, Japan underwent a series of events known as the Meiji Restoration, which restored the noble class.

The use of human-powered Kagu, or litter, for transport in Japan appeared as the population increased, and horses were restricted to military use. Kago were often used in Japan to transport the warrior class and nobility, most famously during the Tokugawa period when regional samurai were required to spend a part of the year in Edo (Tokyo) with their families, resulting in yearly migrations of the rich and powerful to and from the capital along the central backbone road of Japan. Jinrikisha, or rickshaws, first appeared in Japan in 1868, the beginning of the Meiji Restoration, and quickly became a popular mode of transportation.

The images are full body watercolor over a stenciled base and are still incredibly vibrant. A different family crest is shown on each carriage. We invite you to stop by the Arader Galleries San Francisco location to view the complete collection! Please call Arader Galleries at 415.788.5115 with any inquiries or questions.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Arader Galleries Charity Auction

It is a great pleasure to announce Arader Galleries third annual charity auction in New Orleans where 20% of the hammer price goes to the institution of your choice. Over the last three years Arader Galleries has proudly raised over $2,000,000 for over 25 deserving schools, hospitals, settlement houses, libraries and academic institutions that are so important to our clients.

The auction will be held on June 25th and 26th, 2011 and will include over 65 of John James Audubon’s iconic aquatints from the Elephant folio Birds of America, published in London by Robert Havell between 1826 and 1838. The aquatints of birds by John James Audubon are true masterpieces of natural history art from the last 500 years and the iconic images are brilliant in their flawless artistic composition, the way they depict the life and movement of the bird, as well as providing scientifically accurate Linnaean detail.

Other highlights of the auction are the first imperial folio edition of Audubon's famous work The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, complete in three volumes and with 150 fine hand-colored lithographed plates, and works from other 19th-century natural history artists including John Gould, Daniel G. Elliot and John Robert Thornton. A selection of fine maps and other color plate books from our collection will also be included.

We have chosen Neal Auction House to hold this auction because they have always been honest, helpful and accurate in their transactions with us over the last 15 years. We assure you that all purchases made by you at the sale will be delivered to you promptly, professionally, and at the lowest possible price. Also as a bonus please note that most of these pieces have been framed in elegant gold leaf moldings to full museum specifications.

Please let us know if you would like more information or would like to be sent a complimentary auction catalog.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Los Angeles Antiques Show

Arader Galleries is happy to announce that we will be participating in the Los Angeles Antiques show this year!

We hope you will stop by to see our extraordinary collection of antique prints and original watercolors!

The Los Angeles Antiques Show
Held at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Air Center

Opening night Preview Party
Wednesday April 13 benefiting P.S. Arts

Show Dates/Times
April 14 - 17, 2010
Thursday 11am - 7pm
Friday 11am - 9pm
Saturday 11am - 7 pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm

For information on the Los Angeles Antiques show, and the lecture series, please visit

Friday, March 25, 2011

Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change

Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) was a brilliant, eccentric photographer, who gained worldwide fame photographing animal and human movement imperceptible to the human eye. A retrospective of Muybridge’s work currently on view at the SFMOMA is the first to examine the full scope of Muybridge's vision and his pivotal role in the creative transformation of 19th-century culture. The British-born Muybridge began his artistic career in the 1860s in California — then as now a fertile ground for innovation — and his images vividly capture a rapidly changing West. Bringing together hundreds of photographs and other objects made between 1858 and 1893, the exhibition offers a panoramic view of Muybridge's work within the landscape of his times.

Arader Galleries also has a fine collection of Muybridge’s photographs: the top image is a series of a bird in motion from his famous Animal Locomotion series, the bottom is a detail of a panorama of San Francisco dated 1877. Please contact Arader Galleries with any questions about these fascinating and historically important photographs.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Arader Galleries presents a syndication of John Gould's "A Monograph of the Trochilidae - the Hummingbirds"

Topaza Pella -
Crimson Topaz

Cometes Sparganurus - The Sapphro Comet

Arader Galleries is pleased to announce a syndicated distribution of authentic hand-colored lithographs from John Gould's
most famous work:
A Monograph of the Trochilidae - the Hummingbirds. These beloved images were published between
1849 and 1881, based on specimens in Gould's own magnificent collection and from his travels.

These engravings are renowned for their use of mineral inks that duplicate the natural iridescence that makes these birds so special. This is the finest natural history coloring of all time, nothing else before or since compares. These 418 beautiful, hand colored lithographs in superb condition will be distributed at 1:00 pm on March 12, 2011 at our gallery in New York
at 1016 Madison Avenue.

A syndication is a wonderful opportunity to build or add to a collection at tremendously discounted price. 83 shares consisting of five lithographs are available at $4,800, or $960 each. The order of selection will be determined in
three rounds by a random lottery.

For more information about the John Gould hummingbird syndication,
please contact our San Francisco gallery at (415) 788-5115.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Fremont's Map of California from 1848

Captain John Charles Frémont (1813-1890)
Charles Preuss, cartographer
Map of Oregon and Upper California from the Surveys of Charles Fremont And other Authorities
Baltimore: E. Weber and Co., 1848
Lithograph with outline color
44 ½" x 37 ½" framed

Detail of area of Northern California including the San Francisco Bay area, the Sierras and Lake Tahoe, and the Gold Mining region

This attractive large-scale map of California and Oregon, which shows the results of Captain Frémont’s difficult third expedition, became a model for many later gold region maps, and was by far the most accurate map of the far west at its time of publication. Depicted are some timely updates from 1848, such as the official establishment of the Oregon Territory, and the clearly delineated boundary with Mexico as stated in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

John C. Frémont was born in Savannah, Georgia on January 21, 1813. He briefly taught mathematics to U.S. naval cadets before launching his legendary career as an American explorer. As an assistant surveyor in 1838, Frémont joined the U.S. Topographical Corps and helped map the country between the upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Two years later, Frémont eloped with Jessie Benton, daughter of Senator Thomas Hart Benton, the driving force behind the “Manifest Destiny” movement. After accepting the secret marriage, Senator Benton helped his son-in-law secure command in 1841 of an expedition to survey the Des Moines River in present-day Iowa.

Between 1842 and 1844, Frémont led two expeditions to the Rocky Mountains and to the Nevada, California, and Oregon territories with the help of legendary fur trapper and master guide Kit Carson. Frémont’s journals provide incredible, vivid details of these expeditions. During his expeditions in the Sierra Nevada, it is generally acknowledged that Frémont became the first European American to view Lake Tahoe. His reports generated great interest in the West and western settlement.

Frémont met with some difficulty on his third expedition west in 1845-1846. At this time, California was held by Mexico, and war between the United States and Mexico was imminent - but had not yet been declared. En route to Oregon, Frémont heard of the approaching war with Mexico, and joined the Bear Flag Rebellion against Mexico under the command of Robert F. Stockton. As a result of his actions in the rebellion, Frémont was court-martialed and resigned from the army. Frémont later led a fourth expedition to the west in 1848, and was one of the first senators from California (1850-51). He later was the first presidential candidate of the new Republican Party in 1856, losing to James Buchanan (and not carrying the state of California), fought in the Civil War, and was the governor of the Arizona Territory.

For more information about this historically important map, please contact Arader Galleries at 415.788.5115.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Architectural Engravings from the 16th - 18th Centuries

Plate 9 - Sala all'uso degi antichi Romani con Colonne, e nicchie ornate di Statue (Hall according to the custom of the ancient Romans) by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Plate 14 - Templum et Academicum Colleg. Societatis Jesu… by Salomon Kleiner (1703-1761)
Palazzo Delia Seren Casa Medici Nel Monte Pincio Archittura di Anibal Lippi che fu Pittore Romano…by Giovanni Giacomo de Rossi (1627-1691)

Arader Galleries is pleased to present a new catalog featuring our selection of architectural engravings from the 16th through 18th centuries. These extraordinary engravings showcase the both the Baroque and Neoclassical styles of architecture seen in great cities such as Rome, Vienna and London.

Please contact Arader Galleries at 415.788.5115 to request a copy of the Architecturals catalog.

Best wishes to you in the New Year!