antique prints, maps and watercolors

(Cleveland) New York: Appleton & Co., 1872. $95.00

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“Superior Street, Cleveland, from Presbyterian Church”

A finely detailed wood engraving from Picturesque America, or the Land We Live In, published in New York by D. Appleton and Company between 1872 and 1874. The text was edited by the notable William Cullen Bryant but the book is best known and most highly valued for its illustrations. The illustrators usually traveled to the sites they were to depict so their engravings were accurate, if somewhat idealized. Picturesque America was a very influential work, proudly displayed on the parlor tables in the homes of the well-to-do across the country. 

A fine view from the bell tower looking west over the old post office and custom house towards a group of trees marking the Public Square and the Old Stone Church beyond

9 x 12 3/4 inches, sheet.
Hand colored wood engraving.
Excellent condition with light overall patina.