Picturesque America Vol. 1 (1872) and Vol. 2 (1874) by William Cullen Bryant


Picturesque America Vol. 1 and 2




The Land We Live In.  A Delineation By Pen and Pencil of The Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Forests, Water-Falls, Shores, Canons, Valleys, Cities, and Other Picturesque Features of Our Country.  With Illustrations on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists. Edited by William Cullen Bryant.  Unmatched set with Vol. 1 engraved with original owner name.
Publication Date: 1872  Publisher: New York: Appleton  Author: William Cullen Bryant

These volumes are in very good condition.  1872. FIRST EDITION. BRYANT, William Cullen, editor. Picturesque America; Or, The Land We Live In. New York: D. Appleton, 1872 Two volumes. Thick folio, contemporary three-quarter light brown morocco gilt, dark brown morocco boards, raised bands, marbled endpapers and edges.  First edition in book form, illustrated with 49 full-page steel-engraved early American views, including title pages, a frontispiece plate of Niagara Falls and an early view of Cleveland, together with numerous in-text wood engravings. First published in 48 parts beginning in 1872—afterwards appearing in book form as a two volume set. Actually written by Oliver B. Bunce, the phrasing of the text was laboriously edited and “corrected” by Bryant. The superbly-executed steel and wood engravings in this work, “by eminent American artists,” depict cities and towns (including one of the first images of the City of Cleveland), as well as such rugged natural scenes as Yellowstone Falls, the Smoky Mountains, and Mount Hood. BAL 1732. Light wear to corners of binding, text very clean. An extremely good set. light staining on some pages tight binding no loose pages