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Pencil Sketches of Montana
New York: Published by the Author, 1868. Folio (13 x 10 2/8 inches). Fine folding chromolithographed frontispiece, and 3 folding tinted lithographed panoramas, 27 full-page tinted lithographed plates (some occasionally heavy spotting throughout). Original purple bevelled cloth, gilt (extremities a little worn). Provenance: Frank T. Siebert, his sale, Sotheby's New York, Oct 28, 1999, lot 742. First edition. These splendid images of Montana were the earliest to show the territory in all its natural glory, in the years when few settlers had staked claims so far west. Long before Montana became a state in 1889, Mathews traveled to the vast and untamed territory to bring pictures of its wild beauty back east. The natural monuments, Mathews realized, needed little embellishment to convey the absolute and unrivaled grandeur of Montana scenery, and he portrayed them with remarkable faith and realism. .
      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries]
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