Over-sized leather boards, with ornate design and gilt lettering, are rubbed at edges, corners and spine ends. Back panel has white rub marks. End papers toned. Some light fingerprint discoloration at margins. One plate, Barhydt's Lake, and tissue are loose but present. Protective tissues between engravings and pages have prevented most brown specks and other effects of aging; tissues absorbed transfer color from front plates. Remainder of block is intact and secure. Wonderful engravings.
Rare Original Antique Collectible Early Edition 1884 Hardcover Book
Marvelous Addition to Any Vintage Print or William Bartlett Collection!!
An Extremely Influential Book Over a Century Old
Individual Plates of Steel-Engraved Drawings are Rare
Even More Rare is A Complete Set of Engravings
Engravings produced by Nathan Parker Willis and Others after sketches by William H. Bartlett
Bartlett was a Famous British Engraver
Christie's auction records for original water color engravings by William H. Bartlett have been around $1,800 - $3,000 each.
Cover features Over-sized Leather Boards, with Ornate Design and Gilt Lettering
Gilt Edges on Engravings and Other Pages
Beautifully illustrated album of views of such celebrated beauty spots as Mount Holyoke, Niagara Falls, Baltimore, Philadelphia, etc., executed by William Henry Bartlett
Includes Illustrative Poems by American and English Authors
Anonymous descriptive text with reprinted passages in prose and rhyme by a variety of authors, including John Greenleaf Whittier, Washington Irving, Lord Byron, and Mrs. Sigourney.
Great as a coffee table book of engravings just before the turn of the twentieth century
Great for framing as collectible art prints
Large Book Size: Approx. 13” L x 10 ¼” W x 1” D
96 pages (24 engravings in addition to numbered pages)
The engraved images measure approximately 4.75" x 7" on heavy stock paper that is approximately 9.5" x 12.5" in size!
Classic American book with plates of 25 steel-engraved drawings (apparent title error; says 25; counted 24 – one engraving for each chapter) illustrated with nineteenth-century views of America, each plate in fine impressions. This was an extremely influential book. Bartlett was a famed British engraver who produced many wonderful illustrations of American scenery, based on his four visits to this country between 1836 and 1852. William Bartlett (1809-1854) produced prints that were widely copied during the first half of the nineteenth century. In 1835 Bartlett travelled from England to America where he made drawings of American towns, buildings, and scenery. Those drawings have led to the success of this popular publication. Today, Bartlett's steel-engravings are highly valued and acclaimed because of their beauty and historical accuracy.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CONNECTICUT VALLEY, FROM MOUNT HOLYOKE 5
ROGERS’ SLIDE, LAKE GEORGE 9
VIEW ON THE SUSQUEHANNA, AT LIVERPOOL 13
NIAGARA FALLS, FROM THE FERRY 15
BARHYDT’S LAKE, NEAR SARATOGA 19
VIEW OF THE PASSAIC FALLS 21
NORTHUMBERLAND, ON THE SUSQUEHANNA 25
THE NARROW, LAKE GEORGE 29
SCENE AMONG THE HIGHLANDS, ON LAKE GEORGE 33
SCHUYLKILL WATER-WORKS, AT PHIILADELPHIA 37
BATTLE MONUMENT, BALTIMORE 41
A FOREST ON LAKE ONTARIO 45
SQUAM LAKE 49
SABBATH-DAY POINT, LAKE GEORGE 53
VIEW ON THE SUSQUEHANNA 57
MOUNT TOM, AND CONNECTICUT RIVER 61
MOUNT WASHINGTON AND THE WHITE HILLS 65
GENESEE FALLS, ROCHESTER 69
HARPER'S FERRY 73
CALDWELL, LAKE GEORGE 77
CENTRE HARBOR, LAKE WINNIPISEOGEE 81
TRENTON FALLS 85
OUTLET OF NIAGARA RIVER 89
THE RAPIDS ABOVE THE FALLS OF NIAGARA 93
There are no known signed oil paintings by Bartlett. Bartlett made sepia wash drawings the exact size to be engraved. These engraved views were then widely copied by artists. William Henry Bartlett died of fever on a French ship off the coast of Malta returning from his last trip to the Near East, in 1854. Engravings based on Bartlett's views were later used in his posthumous History of the United States of North America published around 1856.
As an artist, Bartlett's primary goal was to render "lively impressions of actual sights", as he wrote in the preface to The Nile Boat (London, 1849). Many views contain some ruin or element of the past including many scenes of churches, abbeys, cathedrals and castles. In describing Bartlett's talent, Nathaniel Parker Willis stated: "Bartlett could select his point of view so as to bring prominently into his sketch the castle or the cathedral, which history or antiquity had allowed".