Rare Prints Gallery has been curating rare prints and maps since 2005, including limited edition and one-of-a-kind handmade prints dating back to the 15th century. We are in the historic retail district on Main Street in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. Our gallery is one of just a few remaining in the United States that offers rare prints in a traditional brick and mortar location. While we are working diligently to upload much more of our inventory into a new website with e-commerce, we're proud to call Franklin, TN home to our official gallery and remain part of a thriving and vibrant community.
Our collection includes a wide variety of truly limited edition prints, such as an original printed map of France from 1592, handmade prints from shortly after the first printing press was developed, many classics from John J. Audubon, and much more.
We have prints and options for just about every budget. Not a collector? Don't know what "rare prints" are? No worries! Stop by and in about two minutes or less, you'll understand exactly what a rare print is, or you can keep reading. And if we do are job right, you'll want to start collecting them too!
If you're a local or know you'll be traveling to middle Tennessee, note that we will be hosting special events starting in April. These events will feature speakers who are experts in fields such as history, medicine, horticulture, the Civil War, and more. We want to turn you into a collector of rare prints and vintage maps. These speakers will highlight those and let you learn a little in the meantime. To learn more, stop in and see us or just call 615-472-1980. We can add your email to the list and notify you when each event is coming up.
The phrase "rare prints" or "original print" refers to some of our inventory which are pages that have been carefully removed from very old books. When we say, "very old," this is referring to the time of the first printing press and ranging to the early 20th century. Books with similar images in them today would be considered "coffee-table books." However, an antique book from which we may get an original print was created for educational purposes. They were largely picture books that the privileged often used for learning about the world. Like encyclopedias or even Google searches, these images covered every imaginable category, from ancient Roman architecture and tapestries to detailed drawings of plants and horse armor.
The prints were bound in books ranging from the size of a modern-day paperback book to exaggerated sizes that today's publishers wouldn't even consider producing. For example, in our gallery we have the hardcover of a book that was over three-feet tall. Thus, on our walls and in the dozens of drawers where we keep our inventory, you'll find these very old prints in nearly every conceivable size. That includes abnormally large wall maps, bigger than those found in school rooms today.
"Rare Prints Gallery storefront has been located on historic Main Street in Franklin, Tennessee since 2005."Gallery Director
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