"Picturesque America; or, the Land we Live in… Volume I [of 4]", Bryant, William C.
Subject: Eastern United States
Period: 1872 (dated)
Color: Black & White
11 x 13 inches
27.9 x 33 cm
This is one of the most beautiful plate books on the United States ever produced. The beautifully rendered, steel engraved views and numerous wood engravings include works by Harry Fenn, Granville Perkins, and other important American artists of the 19th century. This volume covers the eastern part of the United States. The 11 (of 12) steel plates include the frontispiece of Niagara Falls, New Orleans, Richmond from the James, the Cumberland Gap and several more. The plate of Mount Washington Road is missing. Hardbound in original full leather with fancy tooling and embossing with gilt, raised bands on spine. Volume I - 278 pp., full gilt on all page edges (T.E.G.).
Contents and plates are generally fine. The binding has shelf wear with abrasion to edges and raised bands on spine.