Buffalo, NY: American Polytechnic Company, 1887. Limited. Color lithograph. Image measures 17" x 12 1/4". Sheet measures 21" x 27 1/4". Plate XXXV.
This beautiful chromolithograph depicts the ancient Egyptian obelisk commonly known as "Cleopatra's Needle" at its site in Central Park, where it was moved to in 1880. Published in 1887, the print contrasts the obelisk's stark shape with a soft, atmospheric surrounding rendered in pale orange, green, and lavender. This print is from a limited edition of Binion's "Ancient Egypt or Mizraim," Vol. II, which is considered a landmark of American chromolithography. This print is in very good condition, with some staining and fingerprints in the outside margins not affecting the image. Samuel Augustus Binion (1853-1914) was a Polish author, traveler, and translator. With "Ancient Egypt," he sought to present Egyptian history, art, and architecture in a thorough manner. He intended the size of the work to be sumptuous enough to allow for the faithful depiction of buildings, ornamentation, hieroglyphics, and decorations in their original colors, yet still manageable for use in both private and public libraries.