BRYANT, William Cullen, ed.
Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In.
A delineation by pen and pencil of the mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, water-falls, shores, cañons, valleys, cities, and other picturesque features of our country. With Illustrations on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists.
First edition of this monumental work of celebratory Americana, edited by the American Romantic poet William Cullen Bryant. The superb plates were engraved by Robert Hinshelwood, a Scots engraver who emigrated to America in 1835 where he established a considerable reputation for his work on landscapes. His painstaking and highly detailed work was much appreciated not only by the publishing houses that employed him, such as Appleton’s and Harper’s, but also by the Continental Bank Note Company who for a time employed him producing plates for currency.
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2 volumes, quarto (330 250 mm). Publisher’s brown hard-grain full morocco, spine in compartments with gilt titles and raised bands, spine and sides blocked with foliate designs in blind and black, front board with illustrated gilt titles, elaborately rolled gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. lettered gilt in centre, spines lettered in gilt, compartments decorated in blind, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Steel-engraved frontispiece and half-title to each and 45 other similar plates in all, numerous steel- and wood-engraved illustrations, many full-page. Binding lightly rubbed, internally fresh. A superb copy in excellent condition.