Darvill's Rare Print Shop on Orcas Island, Washington

The photos above and to the right show the home of Darvill's Rare Prints from 1942 through early 2007. After 65 years in the same Main Street location in Eastsound on Orcas Island, Washington, we decided to close the "brick and mortar business" to concentrate on serving our global audience exclusively through our website. Thanks to all who visited the shop over the years. Please be sure to come back to the website often, as we add to the site regularly.

A little about our history... Fred T. Darvill was a British emigrant who came to the United States in the late 1800s. He was hired to help his uncle sell law books out of Chicago, Illinois. When he went out to see potential law book purchasers, he took along antique engravings and etchings related to law. The lawyers turned out to be more interested in the prints than the law books! Shrewdly, Mr. Darvill enlisted his 10 brothers and sisters in England to send as many antique engravings, etchings, lithographs, etc. as they could to the United States of America.

Thus, Fred T. Darvill established the business in 1918 and was located in Salt Lake City and San Francisco before moving to Orcas Island in 1942.

In 1971, at the age of 90, Fred T. Darvill sold the business to Dale & Catherine Pederson. The Pedersons operated the business until 2004 when Wade Campbell & Chris Brussat took over as just the 3rd owners in the 100 years of Darvill's history!

Now, we're excited to announce that Darvill's Rare Prints will be guided into the next 100 years by new owners Kevin Grosky and his sons Matthew and Michael -- with the base of operations being in Galway, New York.

Darvill's amazing collection of rare prints and maps are offered exclusively online. This way we are able to provide our treasures to the entire world.

Please check in often, as we are continously adding vintage and antique prints and maps to the site. The selection is constantly changing.

Thanks for visiting!

Audubon and Gould prints

Darvill's Rare Prints has one of the most extensive collections of engravings, prints and lithographs anywhere. Gleaned from dozens of European sources over the past 100+ years, these prints cover a wide range of subject matter. They are often beautifully framed and yet moderately priced. Perusing our massive website, one finds Hogarths, Curtis botanicals, and so much more. There are eighteenth and nineteenth century road maps, architectural engravings and legal documents, as well as early twentieth century magazine illustrations and calendar art. Finds like an original plate from the first edition of Captain Cook's Voyages, or an early color lithograph from the United States Railroad Survey abound. Darvill's collection of both rare antique prints and rare maps is constantly being added to. We sincerely hope you enjoy browsing our site. Here's to the next 100 years of Darvill's Rare Prints!
Navigation 2023

Rare prints and maps...Since 1918! Click here to go to Darvill's home page.

Since Adirondack Retro acquired Darvill's Rare Prints in August of 2022, we have been working tirelessly on our New State-Of-The Art Website. We are excited to announce that it is now up and running and that our massive inventory of Antique Prints and Rare Maps are being transferred over to the new site daily. In addition to the nearly 500,000 prints found on www.DarvillsRarePrints.com, Adirondack Retro offers an eclectic selection of Antique and Vintage Advertisements along with their Limited Edition Giclee Prints. During this transition, customers will still be able to shop and make purchases on www.DarvillsRarePrints.com.

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