Place Published: London
Publisher: George Virtue
Date Published: 1840
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
VIRTUALLY NO FOXING TO PLATES AND IN NEAR FINE CONDITION.
First UK edition. 2 Volumes. 8 x 10-5/8 inches. ,iv,-140pp. 68 plates, including frontispiece portrait, and engraved title; iv,-106pp. including 53 plates including engraved title. Contemporary blue leather with blue cloth and gilt type and 4 gilt symbols on each spine. Some light wear to corners and top and bottom spines otherwise very bright and handsome covers. Gilt edge pages. Blue endpapers. No foxing to plates in Volume 1 and virtually no foxing to plates other than some very light sporadic spots in border area only. Near fine condition internally. Probably rebound circa 1900 when all plates have been protected with "Excelsior Superfine" watermarked paper as tissue guards. A very nice handsome set of early American views.
Although little is known about Bartlett’s itinerary in North America, a map in American scenery suggests that his travels during 1836–37 began in New York City and took him north to the White Mountains, N.H., west to Niagara Falls, N.Y., and south to Washington, D.C.
The detailed steel engravings Bartlett produced were published uncolored with a text by Nathaniel Parker Willis. Beautifully illustrated with 121 engravings including an engraving on each title page, includes a map of the northeastern United States.
Originally these prints were issued 1837-1840 in 30 monthly parts and this is the first edition book published in two volumes with all plates. Content Summary of Illustrations: 121 prints (incl. added title pages) : etching ; full-page. By R. Wallis (13), J. Cousen (7), J.T. Willmore (11), R. Brandard (12), H. Adlard (8), G.K. Richardson (5) and 27 others, after W.H. Bartlett (111), T. Creswick (6) and T. Doughty (2). -- Stipple-engraved port. of Bartlett, by B. Holl, after H. Room; full-page map, drawn and engraved by W. Hughes.
Near Fine. Item #7614