The Acquisitions Table: Aladdin

Aladdin.  Cincinnati: Peter G. Thomson, ca. 1877-1889.

AladdinAlthough McLoughlin Bros. dominated American picture book publishing in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, they were not without worthy competitors; among them was Peter Gibson Thomson (1851-1931).  This lusciously chromolithographed version of Aladdin sports a marvelous palette of colors and shades, and was probably the work of European lithographers who came to the United States after the Civil War.  In 1892, Peter G. Thomson established a factory for coated paper which became the largest of its kind in the world.

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