NY: D. Appleton and Company, (1872-1874). First Edition. Hardcover. Two volumes, thick small-folio. pp: 568; 576. Steel-engraved frontispieces, half-titles, and 45 other plates (49 in all); nearly 900 other wood and steel engravings, many full-page. Bound in brown morocco; paneled spine with raised bands, gilt lettering and floral decorations; ruled sides with artist's palette and title gilt-stamped on both covers; all edges gilt. Spotty foxing to frontispiece and half-title in both volumes, otherwise clean plates and text. Joints lightly rubbed. 13" x 10" x 2.5" (each volume). Very Good. Item #037355
[Blanck, BAL 1732, second state: "The statement 'Edited by William Cullen Bryant' appears on the title-page of each volume...." Bryant's name also appears at the end of the Preface.] [Hamilton, American Illustrated Books, 737: "This is one of the great books of American illustration....The best landscapes engraved in this country...are to be found here....an epoch-making work." Many of the drawings are by Harry Fenn, engraved by a number of different artists.].