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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)


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

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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Sunset, Lake Michigan
Sunset, Lake Michigan
$40

Scenes in Chicago
Scenes in Chicago
$40

Scenes in Chicago
Scenes in Chicago
$40

Scenes in Chicago
Scenes in Chicago
$35
(same as to left, but with trimmed margins)

Chicago
Chicago
$50

Chicago
Chicago
$45
(same as to left, but with trimmed margins)

Rock Island, Illinois. Davenport, Iowa.
Rock Island, Illinois.—Davenport, Iowa.
$40

Rock Island, Illinois. Davenport, Iowa.
Rock Island, Illinois.—Davenport, Iowa.
$35
(same as to left, but with trimmed margins)

Bridges on the Mississippi, at Dubuque
Bridges on the Mississippi, at Dubuque
$40

Dubuque, from Kelly's Bluff
Dubuque, from Kelly's Bluff
$40

Scenes in St. Louis
Scenes in St. Louis
$45

Scenes in St. Louis
Scenes in St. Louis
$35
(same as to left, but with trimmed margins)

The Levee at St. Louis
The Levee at St. Louis
$50

 

Cincinnati, View from the Carlisle Hotel
Cincinnati, View from the Carlisle Hotel
$50

Scenes on the Ohio, Above and Below Cincinnati
Scenes on the Ohio, Above and Below Cincinnati
$45

Stand Rock, on the Wisconsin River
Stand Rock, on the Wisconsin River
$30

Devil's Door-way at Devil's Lake, Wisconsin
Devil's Door-way, Devil's Lake, Wisconsin
$35

La Crosse, and scenery above
La Crosse, and scenery above
$30

Milwaukee River, at Milwaukee
Milwaukee River, at Milwaukee
$40

The Dalles of the St. Louis
The Dalles of the St. Louis

St. Paul, from Dayton's Bluff
St. Paul, from Dayton's Bluff
$35

Maiden's Rock, Lake Pepin
Maiden's Rock, Lake Pepin
$30

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