antique prints, maps and watercolors

(New Haven) New York: Appleton & Co., 1874. $150.00

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“East Rock, New Haven”

A lovely engraving of the famous promontory long before it became the area of the city inhabited by Yale’s graduate students. At the time of this depiction, East Rock was distant from the center of the city and so rural that the artist has chosen to show a hunter and his pointing dog moving through the foreground of the image. .

William Cullen Bryant's 19th century publication Picturesque America; or the Land We Live In, was the last in a long tradition of American "view" or gift books. This extremely popular work was illustrated with 49 finely engraved steel plates of various American cities and natural wonders. Much of what Victorian Americans knew about the United States was gathered from the pages of Bryant's informative and beautiful text, published by D. Appleton and Company of New York in 1872. Picturesque America allowed readers to explore the great United States without leaving their arm chairs. 

9 1/2 x 13 inches, sheet.
Hand colored steel plate engraving.
Excellent condition.
Light overall patina.