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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 Antique 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.


Sheet size: approximately 9 x 12.5 inches with exceptions noted (image size varies)

(Note: entire sheet is generally 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
(1794-1878)

Picturesque America by William Cullen Bryant 1870s

The plates on this page are all original wood engravings on thinner cream-colored paper with text and/or images on verso. The images/text on back do not show through to the front.

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

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The Savannah, at Augusta
The Savannah, at Augusta
$30
(trimmed margins)

Augusta, from Summerville
Augusta, from Summerville
$30
(trimmed margins)

Louisville, from the Blind Asylum
Louisville, from the Blind Asylum
$35

Looking down the Potomac, from the Chain Bridge (Virginia?)
Looking down the Potomac, from the Chain Bridge
$35

Scenes in Mammoth Cave (Kentucky)
Scenes in Mammoth Cave
(I)
$30

Scenes in Mammoth Cave (Kentucky)
Scenes in Mammoth Cave
(II)
$30

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