antique prints, maps and watercolors

(Near the Delaware Water Gap) New York: Appleton & Co., 1874. $135.00

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“The Susquehanna at Hunter’s Bay””

A lovely engraving of a quiet scene showing a man and a canoe dwarfed by the grandeur of the magnificent river and majestic mountains near the Delaware Water Gap.

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.