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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: approximately 9 x 12.5 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 printsmore 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
William Cullen Bryant

Picturesque America by William Cullen Bryant 1870s

The plates on the pages below are all wood engravings on thinner toned paper with text and/or images on the back. The images/text on back do not show through to the front.

For the steel engravings on thicker, wove paper click here.

(includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachussets, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)





(includes Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin)

(includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, etc.)

(Montreal, Quebec)

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