RADNOR TOWNSHIP, PA — An iconic print shop known for its archive of historical maps, rare books and prints is coming to Wayne, after it closed last December in Chestnut Hill.
The Philadelphia Print Shop was established in 1982 in the historic Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, but was shuttered at the end of 2019. Wayne resident David Mackey had an eye for the treasure the print shop is.
“The Philadelphia Print Shop has earned a national and distinguished reputation for its extensive collection of fine prints and historical maps, combined with excellent research and fine customer service,” said Mackey. “When it closed, I saw an opportunity to combine the business with my hobby and passion for collecting and selling antique maps.”
Dr. Don Cresswell, a former curator of Revolutionary Maps with the Library of Congress and university librarian, established The Philadelphia Print Shop. His discerning eye made him a regular on the PBS program, Antiques Roadshow.
Cresswell said, “I wish David Mackey great success. I’m happy that the business I established almost 40 years ago with co-founder, Christopher Lane, will be in the hands of such an enthusiastic new owner.”
The shop’s extensive inventory includes a wide selection of original prints, maps and rare books from the 16th through the early 20th centuries. These include woodcuts, engravings, etchings and lithographs, many with original hand coloring, ranging in price from $50 to $25,000.
“Today’s e-commerce platform makes location almost immaterial,” said Mackey. “However, there are great similarities in the former and future locations.” Mackey explained, “Wayne is steeped in rich local history, centered on the Main Line, within walking distance to great restaurants and shops, and with strong demographics populated by those who value how local history shapes our future.”
Among the important elements are original prints, maps and books spanning five centuries. Categories include Maps, Historical, Sport, Americana, Natural History, Fine Art, British and European History, Architecture and Design, Religious and Mythical, and Rare Books. Of great regional interest is the inventory of Philadelphiana, which includes views, portraits, maps and books of historic Philadelphia.
Mackey will relocate the well-respected and nationally-known dealer from Chestnut Hill to a space in Wayne that was previously the Wine and Spirits store, at 209 W. Lancaster Avenue. The terms of the sale are confidential.
A Covid-aware grand opening of the Wayne location is scheduled for October, 2020. “What that will look like is dependent on the status of the pandemic,” said Mackey. “While much of our business will be conducted online, I see the new storefront as essential. A large part of the joy of this hobby comes from the interpersonal exchanges with individuals, students and collectors, many who are as passionate about local history as am I.”
Mackey recognizes the value of the tradition he now carries. “I simply cannot tell you how honored and privileged I feel to have this opportunity to carry on the fine legacy of Don Cresswell and The Philadelphia Print Shop. While I may never be able to fill his shoes the same way, I will endeavor to follow his footsteps while sharing my passion with others.”
Mackey was raised on the Main Line, living in Chester County for most of his life. A licensed commercial real estate and land development professional with more than 35 years of experience, David has for more than 20 years been a collector and purveyor of antique maps, uniquely qualified to build on the well-established brand of The Philadelphia Print Shop.
In addition to www.philaprintshop.com, Mackey also showcases the Main Line and Chester County at www.malvernmaps.com.
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