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W.H. Bartlett and N.P. Willis - Canadian Scenery Illustrated [In Original Parts] - 1840/1842

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Bindings, Cartography, Colonial history, History, Illustrated, Literature, Militaria, Topography, Travels, War history - Quantity: 6

Object: Book (More lots)
Number of Books: 6
Subject: Bindings, Cartography, Colonial history, History, Illustrated, Literature, Militaria, Topography, Travels, War history
Author/ Illustrator: W.H. Bartlett and N.P. Willis
Book Title: Canadian Scenery Illustrated [In Original Parts]
Condition: Very good
Publication year oldest item: 1840
Publication year youngest item: 1842
Edition: 1st Edition
Language: English
Original language: Yes
Publisher: George Virtue
Binding/ Material: Half leather
Extras: Other

THE VERY RARE 1840-42 TRUE FIRST EDITION IN THE ORIGINAL SUBSCRIBERS' PARTS AND THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S QUARTER-MOROCCO BINDINGS.

ONE OF THE GREATEST BOOKS OF STEEL ENGRAVINGS AND PERHAPS THE DEFINITIVE BOOK OF PRE-CONFEDERATION CANADIAN SCENERY AND SETTLEMENT. The set is illustrated by 2 engraved titles, 118 full-page steel-engraved plates, and a map, as well as the 6 pictorial boards. All tissue-guards are also present.

ONE OF THE VERY RARE SUBSCRIPTION COPIES not returned to the publishers ('carriage free'), as advised on the slip at the beginning of part 6, in order to be rebound in two volumes in the finished publishers' binding and then to be returned to the subscriber. In this copy the plates are placed at the beginning of each part with the text at the end. The printed titles and leaf of 'List of the Engravings' are bound at the end of part 6.

The two engraved titles are dated 1840 and 1842. THERE IS NO OTHER SET OF THE 6 ORIGINAL SUBSCRIBERS' PARTS AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET AT PRESENT.

The full title of the pictorial front board reads as follows:

"21 Splendid Views / First [through Sixth] Quarterly Part / Price 11s. / Canadian Scenery Illustrated. / Uniform with American Scenery, Switzerland, Scotland, &c. / From Drawings by W.H. Bartlett. / The Literary Department By N.P. Willis Esq. / London: - George Virtue, 26, Ivy Lane."

The full general title reads as follows:

“Canadian Scenery Illustrated. / From Drawings by W.H. Bartlett. / The Literary Department By / N.P. Willis, Esq. / Author of ‘Pencillings by the Way,’ ‘Inklings of Adventure,’ Etc. / Vol. I [and Vol. II.] / London: / George Virtue, 26, Ivy Lane. / 1842.”


William Henry Bartlett "was apprenticed to the architect and antiquarian, John Britton . Bartlett studied and copied architectural drawings of the past and present and, with Britton, visited noted ruins in England from which he made detailed sketches to be engraved for some of Brittons own publications. . One of [Bartlett's] first major assignments was to supply illustrations for Dr William Beatties Switzerland illustrated (London, 1836), published by George Virtue. the rest of his life Bartlett's travels were extensive and continuous, and they led to illustrations for works on Syria, the Holy Land and Asia Minor, the Mediterranean coast, northern Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, the coastal areas of Britain, the Bosphorus, the Danube, the United States, and Canada . According to Britton and Beattie, Bartlett visited North America four times: 1836-37, 1838, 1841, and 1852. From the summer of 1836 to July 1837 he was in the United States acquiring illustrations for Nathaniel Parker Willis's American scenery (1840), and in the summer and autumn of 1838 he was in the Canadas sketching for Willis's Canadian scenery illustrated (1842). Although little is known about Bartlett's itinerary in North America, a map in American scenery suggests that his travels during 1836-37 began in New York City and took him north to the White Mountains, N.H., west to Niagara Falls, N.Y., and south to Washington, D.C. His itinerary in the Canadas in 1838 and the observations he may have made also remain obscure because none of his letters from this period has been found. His route appears on a map in Canadian scenery illustrated: he seems to have travelled from Quebec City westward to Niagara Falls, and then by way of the Erie Canal to visit Willis at Owego, N.Y., before sailing for England in December 1838. No written record survives of Bartletts visit to the Maritimes. The dates of the engravings in Canadian scenery illustrated seem to indicate that he went there in 1841 after another visit to the United States . [Bartlett's] skill in sketching architectural detail, his love for picturesque landscape, and his interest in the life of the people . gave to his illustrations in Canadian scenery illustrated . a historical importance that merits their survival" (DCB.)

THE SET IS COMPLETE IN ALL RESPECTS, including the inserted slip in the sixth part, the map, the two engraved titles and all 118 plates. Each part measures about 27.6 cm by 21. 8 cm by 1.7 cm. Each leaf measures about 268 mm by 209 mm.

THE SET IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION INTERNALLY AND VERY GOOD CONDITION EXTERNALLY. The plates are uniformly excellent impressions. The leaves are generally clean and bright, with clear print and ample margins throughout. There is occasional very minor foxing (slightly obtrusive only upon one plate). There is a very minor dampstain in the lower blank margin of three plates in the fifth part, not affecting the images.

The bindings are in very good condition, with strong hinges and strong book-blocks. The colouring remains vibrant and the bindings generally quite attractive. There is some bumping and moderate wear at the corners (as is to be expected), some minor to moderate scuffing of the boards, and minor wear at the edges.

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