The Philadelphia Print Shop West is one of the world’s leading specialist shops in antique prints, antique maps and related books. Our business operates on a philosophy of offering the finest in old art on paper within a rigorously researched historic context.
The Philadelphia Print Shop West is located in Cherry Creek North, a charming shopping district just southeast of downtown Denver, Colorado. It is easy to drive to the shop from downtown Denver, the airport, or either I70 or I25, following simple directions. We offer free parking, either in the alley next to our shop or in a lot just behind the building we are in on the corner of Fillmore St. and 2nd Avenue. The shop is about a 30 minute drive from the airport or a 15 minute drive from downtown Denver.
Visitors to our shop are welcome to browse through our collection of over 10,000 antique maps and prints, or to view our impressive array of related reference works, rare plate books and atlases. Our knowledgeable staff is always pleased to discuss any aspect of antique prints and maps, or offer advice on any questions you might have.
The Philadelphia Print Shop, purveyor of antique prints, antique maps and related books, was founded by partners Donald H. Cresswell and Christopher W. Lane and first opened its doors in Philadelphia in September, 1982. Chris had been working on his Ph.D. thesis in Philosophy when he decided to take a hiatus to research and pursue his hobby of collecting antique maps and prints by working for a dealer in Philadelphia. It was there that Chris met Don and a year later they decided to start the Print Shop, in order to pursue their common interest in antique prints and maps and to run their business in the way they thought it should be run.
In 2010, Chris’s wife, Dr. J. Lindsey Lane, was offered a job at Denver Children’s Hospital that she couldn’t pass up, so Don and Chris decided they would open a new branch there, The Philadelphia Print Shop West, which had its Grand Opening on November 19, 2010. After four years, the partners decided that logistically it made sense to split up the Print Shop into two firms, so on January 1st, 2015, The Philadelphia Print Shop West became a separate business.
From the beginning, Don and Chris focused on providing an extensive collection of prints and maps of all kinds, well researched and fairly priced. They worked happily with institutions, beginning and advanced collectors, those interested in decoration for their home or office, and those looking for an unusual gift. The Philadelphia Print Shop West continues with that policy.
The Philadelphia Print Shop West exhibits at number of fine antique shows around the country, and Chris continues to appear as an expert appraiser on the popular PBS television program Antiques Roadshow.
Our inventory encompasses a wide selection of original prints, maps and books from the 15th through the 19th centuries. These include woodcuts, engravings and lithographs, many with original hand coloring, ranging in price from $25 to $125,000. A major part of our inventory is our selection of Western Americana, including views, maps, prints of Native Americans, and books relating to the American West and its history. Our natural history selection is also particularly strong, including images of flowers, birds, fish, quadrupeds, and many other aspects of the natural world. Amongst the naturalists represented are Audubon, Catesby, Curtis, Wilson, Redouté and Ehret. Our stock also includes fine art, Americana, historical, and sporting prints. These include images printed in America and Europe, by such publishers, artists and firms as Currier & Ives, Catlin, Bodmer, Boydell, and Trumbull.
We carry one of the country’s broadest inventories of antique maps and views of all parts of the world, with special emphasis on America. Cartographers represented include Sebastian Munster, Abraham Ortelius, Gerard Mercator and Willem Blaeu; and view makers include Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran and William Bartlett. Our rare books offerings include scarce travels and histories, beautiful color plate books and a wide selection of reference books on prints and maps.