Auction 148, Lot 821

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

Subject: Miscellaneous Books, United States & Canada

Period: 1872-74 (published)


Color: Black & White

10 x 13 inches
25.4 x 33 cm

These are some 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 including 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 including 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 with gilt title. All edges gilt (A.E.G.) Volume I - 568 pp., Volume II - 576 pp.


Condition: A

Condition code is for the plates, which are all bright and crisp, with toning along the sheet edges of a couple of plates. The text is lightly toned, the first 10 pages of Volume II are loose, and the tissue sheet opposite the frontispiece in Volume I is chipped. The covers show moderate wear with some rubbing and bumped corners.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $600

Closed on 2/19/2014