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Auction 134, Lot 768

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

Subject: Miscellaneous Books, Canada and United States

Period: 1872-74 (dated)


Color: Black & White

10.5 x 13.3 inches
26.7 x 33.8 cm
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These are one of the most beautiful plate books on the United States and Canada ever produced. Volume I contains 24 fine steel engraved views and 284 wood engravings, many full-page include works by Thomas Moran, Harry Fenn, Granville Perkins, James D. Smillie and other important American artists of the 19th century. This volume contains works on Yellowstone, Yosemite, Richmond, Savannah, Charleston, Watkins Glen, Mackinac, the California Coast, the Golden Gate, and the terrific steel engraved frontispiece of Niagara Falls. Volume II contains 25 steel engraved views and hundreds of wood engravings, many full-page include works by Harry Fenn, Granville Perkins, A.C. Warren, F.O.C. Darley and others. Volume II contains New York City, The Mammoth Cave, the Northwest, Chicago, Milwaukee, the Canons of the Colorado, the Rocky Mountains, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Susquehanna, Boston, and much more. The great "New York, from Brooklyn Heights" is the steel engraved frontispiece. These matching volumes are in full presentation binding in full leather with fancy tooling and embossing with gilt, raised bands on spine. The front cover is stamped gilt with title and stylized artist's palette. Full marbled end papers and gold on for edges (T.E.G.) Volume I - 568 pp., Volume II - 576 pp.


Condition: A+

Contents are tight and fine with steel engraving tissue guards in place. The leather binding has a little shelf wear at corners and along spine edge, still fine for this issue.

Estimate: $400 - $600

Sold for: $425

Closed on 12/1/2010