1872. Item #73771
(PICTURESQUE AMERICA). PICTURESQUE AMERICA. Or, The Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Forests, Water-Falls, Shores, Canyons, Valleys, Cities, and Other Picturesque Features of Our Country. With illustrations on Steel and Wood by Eminent American Artists. Edited by William Cullen Bryant. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874. In forty-eight parts, "Sold Only By Subscription". 4to., blue printed wrappers, engraved frontispiece to every volume, numerous text illustrations by leading American artists of the period including F.O.C. Darley, C.G. Griswold, W.L. Shepard, Hary Fenn, Thomas Moran among others. Many wrappers show mild (chiefly dust-) soiling or a hint of sun/touch of foxing at the perimeters, with occasional slight wear to edges; a handful of issues are disbound, starting at the wraps, or over-opened. Internally, there are occasional marginal spots of foxing -- these are negligible in quantity and heaviness overall -- there is also just the occasional touch of soil. Two issues are affected by a marginal dampstain internally, including the engraved plates (one slightly, one more heavily) but all the images on the engraved plates are clean throughout the set, and many leaves are still unopened. About very good to very good plus bindings, with near fine to fine contents overall. A desirable and beautifully illustrated set in a scarce format.