A fascinating travel account through parts of Europe (particularly Scandinavia), Asia (particularly the Middle East) and Africa. Motraye includes accounts of the history and situation of the regions he visited, illustrated with numerous engraved plates and maps. The plates were all engraved in England and among them are fifteen or so engravings by William Hogarth. These plates represent Hogarth's first major commission as a printmaker and they certainly helped Hogarth establish himself in London as a more than capable craftsman. (Ref.: R. Paulson, Hogarth's Graphic Works, Nos.: 28-42.) $1,400
Theodore Dwight. The Northern Traveller: Containing the Routes to Niagara, Quebec, and the Springs, with the Tour of New-England, and the route to the Coal Mines of Pennsylvania. New York: A.T. Goodrich, 1826. Second edition, with addendum to 1827. 12mo. Original half leather binding. With considerable wear and rubbing, but solid and intact. Interior with some light foxing throughout, but generally very good. Complete with eight views and nineteen maps.
A wonderful, early travel guide through the northern United States. The first edition of this work was issued in 1825 and its popularity encouraged the publication of this "improved and extended" version. As noted in the preface to the second edition, "The present volume, therefore, contains the original tours to Niagara, the Springs, and Quebec, much enlarged and improved; and to these have been added the tour to the Coal Mines of Pennsylvania, and that of the New-England States, with brief descriptions of several cities, including Boston, New-York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, and Charleston." Inserted just after this preface 8 pages of new text labeled "Additions made to the Northern Traveller in May 1827." This section focuses on "public works in Pennsylvania," including text on Pennsylvania canals and Mauch Chunk. The text of the volume is designed to be read as one travels about Pennsylvania, New York and New England, and it presents a lively and detailed image of this region in the third decade of the nineteenth century. The volume is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of the eight views and nineteen maps. Four of the views are new to this second edition, as are three of the maps. The maps are inserted so as to follow the text and they show very local regions with good detail. To read through this volume is to be transported back 175 years and then taken on a further voyage around our young nation. $325
C.F. Partington (ed.). National History and Views of London and its environs. London: Black, Young & Young, 1835. 2 octavo volumes. Rebacked with original embossed cloth (slightly soiled). Volume I with 60 plates including engraved title page; Volume II with 55 plates including engraved title page. Interior pages very good, though with some minor chipping and scattered spotting. Adams: 177.
A copiously illustrated work credited with being "the largest collection of London views to be issued in volume form...670 subjects engraved on 115 plates." (Adams). These two volumes contain a wealth of images of all parts and aspects of the city in the early nineteenth century. $350
N.P. Willis. Letters From Under A Bridge And Poems by N.P. Willis, Esq.. London: George Virtue, 1840. First edition. Quarto. With 10 steel engravings by W.H. Bartlett, including title page, and a portrait of Willis. Original cloth, with some wear. Text generally clean; some plates foxed.
N.P. Willis' American Scenery was one of the most popular American view book of the nineteenth century, making both Willis and W.H. Bartlett, whose illustrations graced the volume, household names around the world. This volume, issued no doubt in response to the success of American Scenery, contains a series of letters written by Willis when staying in the Susquehanna Valley, as well as some of his poetry, illustrated with ten Bartlett prints. Most are of the Susquehanna Valley but also included are two images of Philadelphia and one of New York City. All the prints, except the title page illustration of Glenmary, are images which also appear in American Scenery. $250
N. P. Willis. Das malerische und romantische Nordamerika. [The Art and Romance of America]. Leipzig: Theodor Thomas, circa. 1850. Pictures after W. H. Bartlett and engravings by A.H. Payne. Small quarto. Collation: iv, 170 pp., steel engravings with 74 images on 48 leaves. Some spotting and browning, but overall fine. Half leather binding with marbled boards. Gold stamping on spine. Howes, B-209; not in Sabin.
A lovely book and excellent series of pictures to show how German speaking people viewed the United States in the 1850s. Considering the migration to America our of Europe during and after the Revolutions of 1848, these pictures would have inspired great hope to those who traveled. The steel engravings are taken from Bartlett's famous images first issued in American Scenery. This German language variation contain almost all the images found in George Virtue's London and New York editions of this book are reduced in size-some slightly but other when two or four are on one page are considerably reduced. A fine and quite scarce travel book. $600
Cassimir [sic] Bohn. Bohn's Hand-Book of Washington. Washington, 1852. 12mo. [ix]-98. 18 lithographed views, although the title page states that there are twenty. Publisher's cloth binding stamped in gold. Some spotting to covers and internal foxing. Old ownership signature in front and penciling throughout. Readable and charming.
Bohn's Handbook of Washington went through many editions, so it must have been a successful publication in the 1850s. The title page calls the illustrations "engravings" but they are lithographs and quite beautifully done in this edition due to use of a tint stone. Some issues of the Handbook had a map, but this one was not published with a map. Perhaps the buyer was expected to purchase a separate map. $375
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Randolph B. Marcy and George B. McClellan. Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the Year 1852. Executive Document of the House of Representatives, 33rd Congress, 1st Session. Washington: A. O. P. Nicholson, 1854. Second edition, House issue. 8vo. Original embossed dark brown cloth. Binding loose. Some wear to extremities. Scattered interior foxing. 65 charts and plates, lithographed by H. Lawrence, N. Y., some with light soiling. Good condition. With separate volume with two folding maps in original covers entitled Maps. Marcy's Report. "Map of the country between the frontiers of Arkansas and New Mexico." 59 1/2 x 27 1/2. Wheat: 791. "Map of the Country Upon Upper Red River Explored in 1852." 16 x 34. Somewhat brittle paper. Lithographs by Ackerman. With large map separated from cover by one section becoming detached. Other tears at folds and some staining. Typical condition for such maps. Overall, very good set. Basic Texas Books: 135(C); Sabin: 44512. Denver.
In March 1852, Randolph Barnes Marcy was assigned command of an exploring expedition in the trans-Mississippi region south of the Arkansas Territory, looking for the source of the Red River and instructed to "collect and report everything that may be useful or interesting." The source of the Red River had been missed by previous explorers, but this was an important issue in order to properly determine the border between Texas and the Indian Territories. Marcy, with his second in command, George B. McClellan, explored these lands in present-day Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, discovering the source of the Red River, numerous mineral deposits, and twenty-five new species of mammals and ten of reptiles. Marcy's report, issued in 1853, included in separate covers, two maps showing the results of his explorations. The report is superb, and the maps are significant, providing a first hand report and depiction of this previously undocumented region. According to Sabin, the report "contains authentic information regarding the peculiar customs of the Indians of the southern plains. Their mode of warfare, their invariable violation of the chastity of female prisoners, and the condition of their villages, are particularly described." Jenkins says this "one of the most interesting accounts of an original exploration of unknown parts of Texas." Wheat calls the larger of the two maps "important" and "one of the best of the period" for its excellent depiction, which includes not only Marcy's tracks, but those of other explorers. A nice set of a classic western American set. $850
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Alfred Edward Mathews. Pencil Sketches of Colorado, Its Cities, Principal Towns and Mountain Scenery. New York: A.E. Mathews, 1866. Complete portfolio of twenty-three prints, with thirty-six scenes. Tinted lithographs by Julius Bien, New York. Each 13 x 19. Plates removed from binding, conserved and matted, and stored in two custom-made solander boxes. All prints with full margins and in excellent condition, except as noted. Binding and text intact, though one text sheet (two sides) supplied in facsimile. Ex-collection of Governor John Evans, second Territorial Governor of Colorado, by descent through the Evans Investment Company. Refs: Howes: M413, Streeter: 4:2171, Graff: 2709. Denver.
An excellent example of A.E. Mathews' important and rare portfolio of views of Colorado, issued just five years after it became a territory as a result of the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. Mathews' Pencil Sketches captures this transient and foundational moment in the history of Colorado. He had a keen eye and considerable skill-likely aided by a camera lucida-so his images are accurate, detailed and filled with a sense of the time and place that is remarkable. The variety of the views is comprehensive, showing scenes of mining and processing, the landscape, and town, especially Denver with the three street scenes of particular note. This very rare set is the first printed series of views of Colorado and among the earliest of any showing the post-Civil War American west. $55,000
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F.V. Hayden. Preliminary Report of the United States Geological Survey of Montana and Portions of Adjacent Territories. Washington: GPO, 1872. Octavo. Brown cloth binding. Complete with numerous wood engraved illustrations and five folding maps (the latter with some minor repaired tears). Very good condition. Denver.
When the geological and topographical wonders of the area around the upper reaches of the Yellowstone River reached those in the East in the late 1860s, private and government forces called for this wilderness's protection. Geologist Ferdinand V. Hayden was appointed by the government to explore the region, setting off in 1871. Hayden had since the 1850s been involved in the geological surveys of Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming, and in 1870, he presented a plan to Congress for a comprehensive series of surveys of all the territories of the United States, leading to a planned series of maps of each territory on a uniform scale; this led to the creation of the Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories under the Department of the Interior.
Hayden's survey was instrumental in the establishment in 1872 of Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the country. Not only did his surveys help to define the borders of the park, but his report and the illustrations provided, by Thomas Moran and William H. Jackson, help to convince those in Congress of the importance of preserving this natural wonderland. This is Hayden's report on his survey and it contains a wealth of information of Yellowstone when it was first becoming known. Included are numerous illustrations and five folding maps, among which is the first map of Yellowstone Park, which accompanied the chapter on the park Hayden added as the bill establishing the park had just been passed by Congress. $275
William Cullen Bryant, editor. Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1872-74. In 48 original fascicles with blue wrappers. Volume I: viii, 567pp., 24 steel engraved views. Volumes II: vi, 576pp., 25 steel engraved views. The wrappers are brittle but the contents of each are clean.
In some ways, the culmination of the nineteenth century American 'view' or 'gift' book was William Cullen Bryant's Picturesque America. This two volume set went through many editions, and much that the average American of the period would know about the United States came from this work. As stated by Sue Rainey, in her excellent Creating 'Picturesque America.', "As the first publication to celebrate the entire continental nation, it enabled Americans, after the trauma of the Civil War, to construct a national self-image based on reconciliation between North and South and incorporation of the West." (p. xiii) The work consisted of chapters on all the popular parts of the country, each filled with woodcut illustrations. Of special note are the 49 fine, 'picturesque' views produced in precise steel engravings, and drawn by many of the leading artist of the period. An excellent slice of Victorian America.
Picturesque America, was originally published in separate parts, called fascicles, each bound in a blue paper cover and containing one steel engraving, and a section of text. These parts were sent out to subscribers semi-monthly. It is interesting to note that chapters were split between parts so that the subscriber would never be tempted to cancel his or her subscription, as the text was always left incomplete. Once all of one of the volumes had been received, it was intended that the subscriber would have the fascicles bound together, discarding the original paper covers. As almost all subscribers followed this procedure, it is very rare to come across any of the original fascicles, complete with engraving and original paper covers. When such parts are found, it is a treasure, for not only are these true pre-first edition parts of the work, but the paper covers, with their notices to subscribers and advertisements for other works, are delightful.
Set in three archival boxes $1,400
William Cullen Bryant, editor. Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1872-74. Two large quarto volumes. Volume I: viii, 567pp. Volume II: vi, 576pp. Original gold- and blind-stamped, full leather binding; marbled endpapers; all edges gilt. Forty-nine steel engravings plus numerous wood engravings throughout. Very clean interior. Binding tight and strong. Excellent. The best set we have ever seen.
A popular form in the nineteenth century, the American 'view' or 'giftbook' culminated in Picturesque America. This two volume set is the format one usually finds, but this is a particulary handsome and well-preserved set. $1,100
William Cullen Bryant, editor. Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1872-74. Two large quarto volumes. Volume I: viii, 567pp. Volume II: vi, 576pp. Original gold- and blind-stamped, half leather binding; marbled endpapers and edges. Forty-nine steel engravings plus numerous wood engravings throughout. Clean interior. Binding tight and strong. Denver.
Another example of this fine American view book set. $975
J. David Williams. America Illustrated. New York: The Arundel Print, 1874. Large quarto. With numerous wood-engravings. Original stamped cloth binding, with minor wear at corners and on spine. Interior very good.
The success of Picturesque America spawned the publication of a number of other view books in the 1870s. This work, compiled and written by J. David Williams, contains 26 chapters on different parts of the United States, each illustrated with several wood engravings. Among the places portrayed are Yellowstone, Mammoth Cave, Niagara Falls, Yosemite, Fairmount Park, Lake George, the Great Lakes, and the Colorado River. A handsome and unusual view book of America in the second part of the nineteenth century. $250
Thompson Westcott. Centennial Portfolio: A Souvenir of the International Exhibition at Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Thomas Hunter, 1876. Oblong octavo. ix, map, 52 hand colored lithographs, each with separate page of text, advertisements. Gold-stamped, full leather covers; some wear at edges. Interior very good.
The Centennial Exhibition, the national celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the founding of the United States, was held in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia in 1876. This "Souvenir of the International Exhibition" is an attractive work consisting of 48 lovely, hand colored views of the principal buildings of the exhibition, along with two additional views, one of Independence Hall in 1776 and one of Independence Hall in 1876. All but two of the Centennial buildings have since disappeared, so these images provide valuable historic information. Each view is accompanied by a separate page of text, making this as complete a picture of the exhibition as one could hope for. With its lovely images and informative text, this volume made a terrific keepsake for visitors to the Centennial in 1876 and today, over a century later, it makes a wonderful historic artifact of that first great national celebration. $650
Rudolf Cronau. Von Wunderland zu Wunderland. Landschafts und Lebensbilder aus den Staaten und Territorien der Union. Leipzig: T.O. Weigel, 1886-87. Washington copyright 1885 by Dr. O.V. Deuster. Folio. Original cloth binding, with elaborate stamped and colored covers and spine. With 50 collotypes by Rommler & Jonas, Dresden, after Cronau. Descriptive text in German. Complete and in very good condition.
A rare and fascinating portfolio of German prints of the United States. In all, this series contains fifty views of the United States from New York to San Francisco, with the majority depicting life and the natural wonders of the American West. Fascinated by the dramatically different topography, social life, and native populations of the American frontier, Europeans made substantial investments in Western lands.
In 1881, Rudolf Cronau (1855-1939) was sent to the United States as a special correspondent for the German newspaper Die Gartenlaube. His assignment was to produce a series of articles documenting American landscapes, cities, Native Americans, and life on the frontier. Cronau traveled all about the country, writing his articles and producing pen & ink drawings showing cities, imposing landscapes, scenes of life in the west, cowboys in their heyday, and portraits of Native Americas (including the first life portrait of Sitting Bull). The drawings, which exhibit the skill Cronau gained through his training at the Düsseldorf Academy, were based on his firsthand observations. These images are equal in fascination to those of his contemporaries Frederick Remington and Charles M. Russell, but unlike them, the newspaperman did not overly romanticize his subjects. Upon his return to Germany in 1886, Cronau published, in two parts, this portfolio of collotypes based on his best drawings. These prints provide one of the most accurate and interesting pictures of America, especially the West, in the late nineteenth century. $4,500
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