Very Good -. Item #12021
Boston: Dana Estes and Charles E. Lauriat, 1880-1881. First Edition. Two volumes; large, thick quartos; publisher's half brown morocco over textured gilt-lettered cloth, gilt spines in six compartments, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers; xi,,556; ix,,269pp.; original engraved frontispieces, Vol. I contains sixty plates, including original engravings (collated and complete); Vol. II contains 32 of 33 plates, lacking plate facing p. 102 ("Old Mill at Valley Stream" by Charles H. Miller). Prolific additional text illus. throughout. Leather quite dried and rubbed with some peeling and loss, front front endpapers starting to separate along gutters, else a Good to Very Good set, internally fine.
The complete first two years of this important American art periodical, extraordinary in its lavish production and myriad original etchings.