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Auction 183, Lot 318

"[3 Volumes] Picturesque Europe: A Delineation by Pen and Pencil...", Appleton & Company

Subject: Europe

Period: 1875-79 (published)


Color: Black & White

10.3 x 13 inches
26.2 x 33 cm
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After the resounding success of their two-volume Picturesque America, D. Appleton & Company published three volumes of Picturesque Europe edited by Bayard Taylor. Numerous artists contributed to the project, among them Harry Fenn, Birket Foster, E.M. Wimperis, T.L. Rowbotham, J.D. Woodward, and many more. Volume I includes 21 steel engravings and hundreds more black & white illustrations. It covers Great Britain with chapters on abbeys and churches, the lake country, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, castles, and the Grampian Mountains. Volume II expands on the first volume's tour of Great Britain with additional sections on Cambridge, South Wales, the Isle of Wight, and more, while also venturing across the continent with chapters on Normandy and Brittany, the Alps, the Rhine, Venice, the Pyrenees, Rome, Spain, old German towns, and much more. It features 22 beautiful steel engravings. Volume III includes 20 steel engravings and showcases Norway, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden, the Black Forest, Russia, and more. These matching volumes are in half leather with brown pebbled cloth and gilt titles on covers. All edges gilt (A.E.G.). Volume I - 488 pp.; Volume II - 460 pp.; Volume III - 491 pp.


Condition: B+

The engravings are all sharp impressions with some marginal soiling. The text across the 3 volumes has some light toning and minor soiling. The joints are cracking, covers are scuffed, and the spines are chipped.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/9/2021