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Greetings!  It's June again in Portland, and Old Imprints will be displaying this coming weekend at the 

Rose City Used Book and Paper Show, 
Friday June 15 and Saturday June 16 
Double Tree Inn at Lloyd Center, Portland  
Friday 2-8pm, Saturday 10am-5pm

Dealers from Oregon, Washington, California and beyond will be displaying beautiful / collectible / historically interesting used and rare books, prints, maps, magazines and paper ephemera. There is a full dealer list and further details at  
We have some free passes available - please contact me if you would like one (or two!)

Please let me know if there is anything on my website at that you would like to examine at the show.  (Or just come to enjoy the beautiful bird's eye view of early Portland featured on the uncommon sheet music piece above!)



Sister booksellers: ABE Books Blog asks some questions...



the Columbia River Gorge

The Pictorial Maps of Fred A. Routledge  


WAS PUBLISHED IN THE SPRING 2016 issue of the OREGON HISTORICAL QUARTERLY and is now available online on the website of the Oregon Historical Society (click here) 

The Oregon Historical Quarterly comments "In this heavily illustrated research article, Craig Clinton documents Fred A. Routledge's career as a commercial artist through a series of pictorial maps from the 1890s through 1930s. Although "personal details relating to Routledge's life and career are quite scarce," Clinton examines a range of illustrations to tell a story of his career from early street-level illustrations for the West Shore magazine to later birds-eye views of the Pacific Northwest. Routledge's maps not only documented existing landscapes, but also his "enduring engagement with the natural world and his belief in the transformative potential of humankind." The "quality of his pictorial map," explains Clinton, "was to become a significant feature of commercial travel cartography in the 1930s and beyond.""






Story Map of the United States of America - Colortext Publications

Here at one of our special interests is the revival of decorative mapmaking in the twentieth century.  It's surprising and frustrating how difficult it is to find information on the artists and publishers of these wonderful graphics.  So we're asking for leads to pursue in gathering information on a Chicago depression-era firm that issued a number of engaging and, at times, astonishing, pictorial maps, Colortext Publications.  Read here a short article on what owner and researcher Craig Clinton has learned to date.