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Lot 3001


Title: Picturesque America; Or, the Land We live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Forests, Water-Falls, Shores, Canons, Valleys, Cities, and Other Picturesque Features of Our Country
Author: Uncredited
Editor: William Cullen Bryant - William Cullen Bryant was an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post.
Publisher: D. Appleton and Comany
City: New York
Year: 1872-1874
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 10.5" Height: 13"
Book Details: This complete two-volume oversized set is decoratively bound in brown cloth and leather with gilt ornament and lettering to the front boards and raised spines, as well as full-edge gilt. These volumes are enhanced by engraved illustrated, tissue-guarded frontispieces and faux-title pages, and further supplemented with numerous illustrated plates and in-text illustrations.

Picturesque America is a two-volume set of books describing and illustrating the scenery of America, which grew out of an earlier series in Appleton's Journal. It was published by D. Appleton and Company of New York in 1872 and 1874 and edited by the romantic poet and journalist William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), who also edited the New York Evening Post. The layout and concept was similar to that of Picturesque Europe. The work's essays, together with its nine hundred wood engravings and fifty steel engravings, are considered to have had a profound influence on the growth of tourism and the historic preservation movement in the United States.

The preface described "the design of this publication to present full descriptions and elaborate pictorial delineations of the scenery characteristic of all the different parts of our country. The wealth of material for this purpose is almost boundless."

This two-volume set and others of the same genre, achieved great popularity in the nineteenth century. Their illustrations provided a tour of nineteenth century America, unspoilt and pastoral, its centres of commerce, ports, architecture and natural treasures. In a modern (2001) treatment of the work, Sue Rainey, who is a historian of American graphic arts and has a particular interest in the artists who drew landscapes and cityscapes for periodical and book illustrations, wrote "As the first publication to celebrate the entire continental nation, it enabled Americans, after the trauma of the Civil War, to construct a national self-image based on reconciliation between North and South and incorporation of the West." (p. xiii) The volumes display both steel and wood engravings based on the paintings of some of the best American landscape painters of the nineteenth century, primarily Harry Fenn and his friend Douglas Woodward, but also including John Frederick Kensett, William Stanley Haseltine, James David Smillie, John William Casilear, Thomas Moran, A. C. Warren, David Johnson, Granville Perkins, Felix Octavius Carr Darley, Albert Fitch Bellows, James McDougal Hart, Casimir Clayton Griswold (1834-1918), Worthington Whittredge, Charles G. Rosenberg (1818 - 1879), William Ludwell Sheppard (1833-1912), Homer Dodge Martin, Alfred Rudolph Waud, William Hart, Robert Swain Gifford, Jules Tavernier, William Hamilton Gibson, and Thomas Cole.

Engravers included Robert Hinshelwood (1812-1885), Edward Paxman Brandard (1819-1898), Samuel Valentine Hunt (1803-1893), William Wellstood (1819-1900), William Chapin (1802-1888), Henry Bryan Hall (1808-1884).
Condition / Notes: These handsome oversized volumes show well with some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing. Bindings and text blocks are sound. Text and illustrations remain clear and crisp through mild age toning/foxing.
Lot 3002


Title: Afbeeldingen der voornaamste Historien, soo van het Oude als Nieuwe Testament
Author: Nicolaus Visscher - Nicolaes Visscher I of Amsterdam was a Dutch engraver, cartographer and publisher. He was the son of Claes Janszoon Visscher. His son, Nicolaes Visscher II (16491702), also worked with him and continued the family tradition of mapmaking after his death. Visscher died in Amsterdam in 1679 and was buried in the Nieuwezijds Kapel on 11 September of that year, though a death year of 1709 is maintained by some sources.

His engraved double hemisphere map, Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accuratissima Tabula, was created in 1658 in Amsterdam. It also contains smaller northern and southern polar projections. The border is decorated with mythological scenes, one in each corner, drawn by the painter Nicolaes Berchem, showing Zeus, Neptune, Persephone and Demeter. It is an early example of highly decorated Dutch world maps.
Publisher: Nicolaus Visscher
City: Amsterdam
Year: c1640
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 85 pages, plus a preface in 4 languages.
Width: 8.75" Height: 13.5"
Book Details: This extremely scarce antique volume is bound in half red leather with gilt lettering and raised bands.

This lavishly illustrated work, a teaching text on the Old and New Testaments of the Christian Bible, features a copperplate engraving at the head of each leaf. The approx. 278 in-text plates plus engraved title pages, are accompanied with text in five languages: Latin, French, Dutch, German and English. The English language translation of the title is "The Sacred Histories of the Old and New Testament represented by very artificial figurs."

A bookplate on the front paste-down is printed with Mrs. John V. L. Pruyn. This is Anna Fenn Parker (March 26, 1840 October 7, 1909), the second wife of John Van Schaick Lansing Pruyn (June 22, 1811 November 21, 1877), a United States Representative from New York during the latter half of the American Civil War and the early days of Reconstruction. He was of Dutch descent, with Van Schaick, Lansing and Pruyn all being prominent Dutch family names in the Hudson Valley. His signature is found in pencil, with Albany, on the second front end-paper.

Condition / Notes: This handsome antique volume shows well bound in half red leather with gilt lettering and raised bands. The remnants of red leather corners are evident on both boards.

This scarce book show relatively moderate age/wear externally concentrated at the extremities, including cracking and loss of leather on the spine. The binding is secure and cracked in several places. The text and plates are bright and clean and there is scattered foxing throughout.
Lot 3003


Title: The Spectator: With a Historical and Biographical Preface
Author: Alexander Chalmers - Alexander Chalmers was a Scottish writer born in Aberdeen. Trained as a doctor, he gave up medicine for journalism, and was for some time editor of the Morning Herald. Besides editions of the works of William Shakespeare, James Beattie, Henry Fielding, Samuel Johnson, Joseph Warton, Alexander Pope, Edward Gibbon, and Henry St John, Viscount Bolingbroke, he published A "General Biographical Dictionary" in 32 volumes (18121817); a "Glossary to Shakspeare" (1807); an edition of George Steevens's "Shakespeare" (1809); and the "British Essayists," beginning with the "Tatler" and ending with the "Observer," with biographical and historical prefaces and a general index.

A quotation is often attributed to him: "The three grand essentials of happiness are: Something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for."

His papers are held at the National Library of Scotland.

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
City: Boston
Year: 1864
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 8 Full Set: Yes
Width: 4.75" Height: 7"
Book Details: This complete eight-volume set is bound in blindstamped red cloth with gilt spine lettering and ornamentation. Volume one contains a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait. From the preface: "Succeeding Essayists have presented to the world labours of a similar kind both in purpose and accomplishment, which have justly entitled them to distinguished fame, but none of them have provoked, or wished to provoke, any comparison with the general merit of the 'Spectator.' It has subsisted in the plenitude of its original popularity for above a century, and no composition, merely human, has been so frequently printed and read."
Condition / Notes: This handsomely bound set is in exceptional condition, with minimal indications of age and wear. The bindings and text blocks are sound. Text is clear and crisp through mild uniform age toning.
Lot 3004


Title: The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland
Author: J. Stirling Coyne - Joseph Stirling Coyne was a humorist and satirist in the tradition of Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope. One of the most prolific British playwrights of the mid-nineteenth century, he wrote more than sixty plays; his twenty-seven farces are surpassed in number only by John Maddison Morton's ninety-one and T. J. Williams's thirty. Coyne brought to the stage accomplished comedic interchanges, puns, irony, exaggerated character traits, ludicrous plot situations, and surprising outcomes. His plays reveal a deft ear for dialogue and an ability to create characters suited to the talents of specific actors. As a journalist Coyne contributed humorous pieces to many widely circulated journals and newspapers. , W. H. Bartlett - William Henry Bartlett was a British artist, best known for his numerous drawings rendered into steel engravings.
Publisher: Rochliff & Son
City: Liverpool
Year: c1845
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 9" Height: 11"
Book Details: This antique decorative set of two volumes is bound in half red leather with Victorian gilt decorated spines and marbled page edges.

These volumes are lavishly illustrated with full-page plates on heavy stock paper. The steel engraved illustrations by the famous W. H. Bartlett are beautifully rendered.
Condition / Notes: This decorative antique set shows well with Victorian gilt spine adornment in half red leather binding.

The books show some age/wear externally concentrated at the extremities, including scuffs and soiling. The bindings are tight and secure, the text and illustrations are clear and the pages exhibit scattered foxing throughout.
Lot 3005


Title: The American Civil War Book and Grant Album, "Art Immortelles": A Portfolio of Half-Tone Reproductions from Rare and Costly Photographs Designed to Perpetuate the Memory of General Ulysses S. Grant, Depicting Scenes and Incidents in Connection with the Civil War
Author: Uncredited
Publisher: William H. Allen
City: Boston
Year: 1894
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: unpaginated
Width: 14" Height: 11"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in red paper-covered boards with silver lettering and pictorial decoration to the front board. This book is a pictorial biography of General Ulysses S. Grant focusing on the time period of the Civil War, his trip around the world, and his last days.

Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant; 27 April 1822 J23 July 1885) was the 18th President of the United States from 1869 to 1877, Commanding General of the Army, soldier, international statesman, and author. During the American Civil War Grant led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy with the supervision of President Abraham Lincoln. During the Reconstruction Era President Grant led the Republicans in their efforts to remove the vestiges of Confederate nationalism, racism, and slavery.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume displays some indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing. The book is disbound, with the text block seaparted from the boards. The text block is intact. Text and illustrations are clear and clean with very little age toning. There is light soiling/creasing to the title page.
Lot 3006


Title: The Oldest and the Newest Empire: China and the United States
Author: William Speer - Speer left for China in December, 1848. He spent about four years as a missionary in Canton and became fluent in Cantonese. In 1852, he married Elizabeth B. Ewing in Allegheny Co., Pa. and they settled in San Francisco. In 1853, he founded a mission that became the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown, the oldest Asian-American Christian church in North America. Speer visited new Chinese immigrants and Chinese mine workers and set up a dispensary to provide care to the Chinese. He also was founder and publisher of The Oriental, a Chinese language newspaper. A strong advocate of establishing schools for Chinese immigrant children he supported using these schools to teach Christianity.

Speer became an early supporter of Chinese immigration and opposed laws for Chinese exclusion. He offered strong economic arguments in favor of immigration, but his main focus was evangelizing. He hoped that Chinese who converted to Christianity would return to China and spread the faith.

While in Philadelphia, Speer published two large volumes. The first, The Oldest and Newest Empire: China and the United States (1870), was a massive history of China and its culture. The second was The Great Revival of 1800 (c1872).
Publisher: Published by S. S. Scranton and Company
City: Hartford, Connecticut
Year: 1870
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 681 pages, plus advertisements
Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Book Details: Bound in brown blindstamped cloth with gilt spine title, this antique volume is enhanced with an illustrated frontispiece and numerous illustrations throughout the text, with explanations on the list of illustrations pages. This volume is a history of China and its culture. Some chapter headings include:

The Chinese People: Their Origin-Races in the Empire
Geography, Vegetable Productions, Animals
The Patriarchal Age in China
The Mongol Dynasty
The Last Native Dynasty-The Ming
The Manchu Dynasty-First Emperors
Tau-Kwang and the Opium War
American Relations with the Chinese Empire
Chinese Immigration
The Chinese Companies in California
The Glory of America
Condition / Notes: This antique volume displays some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing. The front hinge is cracked and the spine is separated, with some loss. The text block remains sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning.
Lot 3007


Title: The History of Painting in Italy, from the Period of the Revival of the Fine Arts to the end of the Eighteenth Century
Author: Luigi Lanzi - Luigi Lanzi was an Italian art historian, archaeologist and priest.
Translor: Thomas Roscoe [23 June 1791 24 September 1871] - Thomas Roscoe was an English author and translator.
Publisher: Printed for W. Simpkin and R. Marshall
City: London
Year: 1828
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 6 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This complete first English edition in six volumes is decoratively bound in full leather with raised spine and gilt lettering and ornament. A very scarce translation of Lanzi's original text, this work recounts the history of Italian painting from the Revival to the end of the eighteenth century. The indices volume is part of the set.
Condition / Notes: This handsomely bound set shows well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, particularly to the spines and high points. The bindings and text blocks are sound. Several hinges have been expertly reinforced. Text is clear and crisp on quite clean pages.
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