Picturesque America Volumes 1 and 2 First Edition nice

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  • Sold Date: Jul 08, 2009
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You are bidding on (First Edition) Volumes 1 and 2 of Picturesque America. These are from my parents estate and belonged to my grandfather. I know nothing about these books other than what I've read on ebay. I would say their condition is very good, as the are no serious rips or tears (t is some tape on one page near the binding) and these books are almost 120 years old. The covers show considerable wear (see pics), but the bindings appear solid. My grandfather signed volume 1 opposite the inside cover in pencil. Bid w/confidence, as your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. Free Shipping (over 20lbs in weight)

Picturesque America; Or, The Land We Live In.
A Delineation By Pen and Pencil
The Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Forests, Water-Falls, Shores, Canons, Valleys, Cities, and Other Picturesque Features of Our Country.
With Illustrations on Steel and Wood, By Eminent American Artists.
Edited By William Cullen Bryant.
New York: D. Appleton and Company.
1872 & 1874. First Edition.

Three quarter morocco Leather over brown pebbled boards. Two Volumes, Vol 1 - 1872, Vol 2 - 1874. 13 x 10 1/2 inches. Folio size. viii, 568; vi, 576 pages. Gold gilt illustrated titles and borders on front boards. Gilt titles, volume numbers and borders on the spines. Gilt on the five raised bands. All page edges gilt. Marbled end pages. All edges Gilt.

Profusely illustrated throughout containing a total of 258 prints with 49 being steel plate engravings and the balance full page frameable wood cuts from drawings by various artists, all indexed, and also hundreds of full page and in-text wood cut illustrations, depicting numerous scenic views across the United States, with essays by multiple authors describing various noteworthy places.

T is some edge and surface wear. Front hinge of both have the paper cracked but still attached. Light water mark at bottom corner from page 510 to 576 and end pages. Otherwise the text and plates are very clean. The text pages are lighty age toned. Some chipping at spine tips.

Artists whose work appears in the engravings on steel include: A c Warren, Harry Fenn, David Johnson, Granville Perkins, J D Woodward, F. O. C. Darley, Granville Perkins, J W Casilear, A F Bellows, J f Kensett, J M Hart, C G Griswold, W Whitteredge, C Rosenberg, W L Sheppard, R Swain Gifford, Homer Martin, Alfred R Waud, thomas Moran, William Hart, James D Smillie, and A S Hazeltine.

Artists whose work appears in wood engravings include: Harry Fenn, R Wasin Gifford, Granville Perkins, Alfred R Waud. J. D. Woodward, Granville Perkins, W. L. Sheppard, C. Griswold, William Har, James D. Smillie, Jules Tavernier, Thomas Moran, and W H Gibson.

Volume I, is with the following 24 engravings on steel:

# On the Coast of Maine
# St. John's and Ocklawaha Rivers
# Up and Down the Columbia
# Lookout Mountain and the Tennessee
# Richmond, Scenic and Historic
# Natural Bridge, Virginia
# Delaware Water-Gap
# Mauch Chunk
# On the Savannah
# The French Broad
# The White Mountains
# Neversink Highlands
# St. Augustine, Florida
# Charleston and its Suburbs
# Weyer's Cave, Virginia
# Scenes on the Brandywine
# Cumberland Gap
# Watkins Glen
# Scenes on Eastern Long Island
# The Lower Mississippi
# Mackinac
# Our Great National Park
# Harper's Ferry
# Scenes in Virginia
# Newport
# West Virginia
# Lake Superior
# Northern California
# Niagara
# Trenton Falls
# The Yosemite Falls
# Providence and Vicinity
# South Shore of Lake Erie
# On the Coast of California.

Volume II, is with the following 25 engravings on steel.

# Highlands and Palisades of the Hudson
# Philadelphia and its Suburbs
# Northern New Jersey
# Valley of the Connecticut
# Baltimore and Environs
# The Catskills
# The Juniata
# On the Ohio
# The Plains and the Sierras
# The Susquehanna
# Boston
# Lake George and Lake Champlain
# Mount Mansfield
# Valle...