Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In. A Delineation of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Forests, Waterfalls, Shores, Cañons, Valleys, Cities
and other Picturesque Features of Our Country edited by William Cullen Bryant
Published by D. Appleton and Company, New York (in parts, from 1872-1874)
Original 150-year-old Steel and Wood Engravings after many famous 19th-century artists such as
Thomas Moran, Harry Fenn , F.O.C. Darley, A. F. Bellows, J.M. Hart,
C. Griswold, & W. Shepard.
Steel engravings are on thicker woven paper with no text on verso; Wood engravings printed on thinner paper with text and images on back.
Sheet size: approx. 9 x 12½ inches (image size varies)
(Note: entire sheet is too large to scan, but margins are present and full)
Entering the marketplace just as publishing hit its stride after the Civil War, Picturesque America allowed many Americans to see, for the first time, what they had only abstractly imagined as their country.
Through inexpensive prints—more than 900 wood engravings and 50 steel engravings—readers were exposed to many parts of America that were just being explored, as well as more familiar scenes of established cities.
William Cullen Bryant
The plates on this page are all steel engravings on thick woven paper, blank verso.
PLEASE CLICK ON THUMBNAILS FOR A CLOSER LOOK AT CONDITION
(foxing may be present on some plates)
City of New York
From Brooklyn Heights