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HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; From the Discovery of the New World to the Present Day. Continued by B. B. Woodward
New York: Virtue, & Yorston, n.d. Circa 1856. 3 volumes. Extensively illustrated with a profusion of very fine, full-page steel engraved plates after Bartlett, many based on views painted by the author. 4to, publisher’s original dark-green polished cloth decorated in overall period designs at the borders and in the centers of the upper covers and spines in black, spines additionally decorated and lettered in gilt, rear covers are decorated in blind. 698; 720; 726 pp. A very handsome and well preserved set, in very pleasing condition. The interiors fresh and very clean, the bindings are bright with only minimal age evidence and a bit of shaking. Still an unusually nice copy of this work which is most often found defective due to the weight of the text-blocks. A FINE AND PLEASING SET OF THIS IMPORTANT WORK, BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED BY ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS ARTISTS OF THE CENTURY. Best known for his view books of Europe, Central America and the East, William Henry Bartlett made four tours of the United States. From the earlier of these visits resulted a series of views which were published in 1840 as “American Scenery”, with a text by Nathaniel P. Willis. A prolific illustrator, Bartlett made sepia wash drawings the exact size to be engraved. His engraved views were widely copied by artists, but no signed oil painting by his hand is known. His work is still treasured and widely collected. Bartlett died on board a French ship returning from a voyage to the Orient. Engravings based on Bartlett's views were later used in this posthumous History of the United State of North America, continued by B. B. Woodward. Bartlett himself wrote only the first three sections of the first volume, the majority of the text actually being by Woodward.
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