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CANADIAN SCENERY ILLUSTRATED. From Drawings by W. H. Bartlett
London: George Virtue, 1842. 2 volumes. First edition of the book called by Sabin “the finest of Mr. Bartlett’s works.” With engraved portrait frontispiece of Bartlett in Vol. I, handsomely engraved vignette half-titles, engraved map, engraved frontispiece to Vol. I and 116 fine steel-engraved plates with tissue guards after drawings by Bartlett. 4to, in the best issued bindings of full forest-green publisher's pebbled morocco richly gilt in panels of spines, with large panel of scrolled and floral gilt decoration within wide gilt rules on all covers, board edges and turn-ins gilt ruled, ribbon markers bound in each volume, a.e.g. [4], 128; [4], 116 pp. A very lovely set, the fine bindings most handsome and well preserved, the text firm and tight, some foxing to the plates, in most cases it is fairly light and minor but on a handful of others it is considerably more extensive. This foxing is normal to the book and is the only defect in an otherwise remarkably presented and preserved copy. FIRST EDITION, in the publisher’s deluxe full morocco, of the title considered by Sabin (and many others) to be William Bartlett’s finest production. It comprises scenery mostly visited by Bartlett in 1836 on one of his four voyages to North America. The engravings, produced by Willis, Cousen and others, are of splendid quality down to the finest details. Waterston called the work, “An incomparable presentation of the picturesque scenes that travellers could visit.” In spite of the great effort and care that went into the production of these magnificent plates, they are notoriously prone to foxing. In this copy most of the plates have escaped with only light foxing that is primarily confined to the margins. A number of them however do have heavier foxing that includes the image area. So fine and detailed are the engravings however that they hold up to this problem remarkably well and retain their beauty in spite of it. In his text, Willis relates both the history and current conditions of the regions visited within both upper and lower Canada throughout the Eastern Provinces. Willis’ fine prose united with Bartlett’s drawings create “a very deep impression upon the pictorial history of Canada...” - Spendlove.
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