Picturesque Views of American Scenery
First edition of one of the earliest American color-plate publications. Title page and plates have legend: "Painted by J. Shaw; engraved by J. Hill." There are twenty hand-colored aquatint engravings. Issued in three parts with blue printed wrappers, 1820-21.
Acquired from an undetermined source prior to 1970.
Numbers 1 and 2 dated 1820 on wrapper; Number 3 dated 1821 on wrapper. "J. Maxwell, printer" -- Wrapper.
According to Koke, Hill printed his own plates while Maxwell handled the letterpress printing.
Issued in three numbers with blue printed wrappers, 1820-1821. Insufficient subscriptions prevented the publication of the additional numbers which were planned. For a detailed publishing history of this work, familiarly known as the "Landscape album," see Koke, R.A checklist of the American engravings of John Hill, 1961, no. 37.
"To exhibit correct delineations of some of the most prominent beauties of natural scenery in the United States is the object of the work of which the first number is now offered to the public. Should sufficient encouragement be received, it is intended to continue the series and to present to the public view most of those spots which are remarkable for their historical interest or natural beauty" -- Introduction.
Title from pictorial title page
Twenty hand-colored aquatint plates, including pictorial title page, each accompanied by a leaf of description in letterpress
Publisher: M. Carey & Son
Contributor: Georgetown University