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BRYANT, William Cullen (ed.)

Picturesque America.

A delineation by pen and pencil of the mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, waterfalls, shores, cañons, valleys, cities, and other picturesque features of the United States. With illustrations on steel and wood, by eminent American artists.

Published: London: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co, [c.1890]

Stock code: 104915

Price: £575

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A handsomely bound set of the UK edition of American poet William Cullen Bryant’s monumental monograph on North America, a classic work of Americana which proved to be an instant success when it was first published in the US in 1872–4. 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.

4 volumes in 2, quarto (320 x 247 mm). Contemporary black half morocco, spines lettered in gilt, raised bands, compartments with central tools gilt, marbled endpapers and edges. Steel-engraved additional illustrated title to each and 47 other plates, numerous wood-engraved illustrations, many full-page. Boards faintly rubbed and with a few minor scuffs, first volume with slight silverfish damage affecting margins of a few leaves and fore edges of rear endpapers, intermittent foxing. An excellent set.

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