We are enthusiasts for vintage and antique illustrations, the written word and in particular, the role that narratives have in
forming our identities, our sense of the world and our place in it. The written word weaves a spell that insinuates its way
into the hearts and minds of the populace - forever changing the course of the future to move humanity forward to the
beat of the Hero's drum - and when associated with powerful visual images like those within the Collection, that spell is all
the more potent.
Over time, almost as if guided by the Fates, we have found ourselves the self-appointed guardians of this magnificent
Collection of antique illustrated books and in performing this role, we seek to pay homage to the Masters who were
inspired to create these artworks and enhance the stories they convey. Similarly, we are ever mindful of our role in sharing
this with the rest of the world and our fellow lovers of great art. Thus, we hope to contribute to the preservation and
ongoing promotion of the artwork within the collection to others throughout the world who will also be captivated by
these stories and images.
It is in this context that we introduce ourselves through the short illustrated tale shown below - and we hope that you will
join us in enjoying the Collection and also sharing this wonderful art with your family and friends.
* As at 23 August 2011
While the illustrations within the Collection tell their own story, since establishing Spirit of the Ages, we have also been struck by the tales accompanying our sales - and
here, we have the opportunity to share some of those stories with you.