Auction 114, Lot 746

"[2 Volumes] Picturesque America; or, the Land we Live in…", Bryant, William C.

Subject: United States History

Period: 1872 (published)



10.3 x 13.1 inches
26.2 x 33.3 cm

"Picturesque America" was published by Appleton & Co., New York, 1872-75. It was the most elaborate publication of travel imagery produced in the 1870s. This publication set out to reveal the unique and varied scenery of all of America. This was made possible by the recent opening of transcontinental railroads and overland communications. It was considered the definitive treatment of the American landscape, and its appearance just before the nation's Centennial graphically marked the United States' progress in exploration and development of scenic wonders during its first century. Appleton employed many of America's most celebrated and respected artists to prepare the illustrations. Click here to see a complete list of the 49 steel engravings. Click here to see a complete list of the 578 wood engravings.

One of the most beautiful plate books on the United States ever produced. Forty-seven beautifully rendered and engraved steel plate views and over 500 wood engravings, many full-page. Works by Thomas Moran, Harry Fenn, Granville Perkins, F.O.C. Darley and other important American artists of the 19th century. Two volumes with matching tooled leather bindings. Hardbound, in full leather, embossing with gilt, raised bands on spine. Volume I - 568 pp., Volume II - 576 pp. Full gilt on all page edges.


Condition: A

Contents very good with only occasional light foxing on the odd page. Appears to have all original tissue guards over steel engravings. Covers slightly rubbed at spine and edges, and water stain on top cover Vol. II.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $450

Closed on 3/1/2006