Auction 124, Lot 119

"Hunter's Panoramic Guide from Niagara to Quebec", Waud, Alfred R.

Subject: Canada & United States

Period: 1857 (published)

Publication:

Color: Black & White

Size:
5 x 7.5 inches
12.7 x 19.1 cm

This is an interesting tourist guide to the St. Lawrence River between Niagara and Quebec. It is illustrated with a pictorial folding map measuring 6 inches x 11 feet long. This fabulous map illustrates all the important scenery along the river and includes 44 vignettes. Text by William S. Hunter, Jr. illustrated with more than 50 wood engravings drawn by Waud and engraved by John Andrew. Published by J.P. Jewett & Co. of Boston and H.P.B. Jewett of Cleveland. 8vo. 66 pp., plus the map and four pages of advertising at the end. Original gilt stamped, red cloth covers.

Alfred R. Waud immigrated from England to the United States in the 1850s and married Mary Gertude Jewett (possibly a daughter of this publisher). Trained as an artist, he illustrated several works such as this guide. In 1860 Waud became "special artist" (a full-time paid staff artist) for the New York Illustrated News and was assigned to cover the Union Army. He joined Harper's Weekly toward the end of 1861 and continued to cover the war. Alfred Waud illustrated every battle fought by the Army of the Potomac and was one of the most important illustrators of the Civil War.

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Condition: B+

The map is very good with just a little surface soil. The binding is somewhat loose and the cover is rubbed at foot and corners.

Estimate: $200 - $275

Sold for: $210

Closed on 5/7/2008

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