Auction 125, Lot 135

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

Subject: Canada & United States

Period: 1857 (published)

Publication:

Color: Black & White

Size:
6 x 132 inches
15.2 x 335.3 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 details 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, brown cloth covers.

Alfred R. Waud immigrated from England to the United States in the 1850s and married Mary Gertude Jewett (possibly the publisher's daughter). 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+

Map is complete and in good condition save a few folds with toning and the occasional foxing at right margin. Covers are bright and un-rubbed, but missing small portion from bottom right edge. Spine is missing cover. Text is very good with a little scattered light foxing to first few pages.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $220

Closed on 9/24/2008

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