FINE VIEWS OF EUROPE, GREAT BRITAIN, RUSSIA, AND GREECE
(EUROPE) TAYLOR, Bayard, editor. Picturesque Europe. New York: D. Appleton, (1875-79). Three volumes. Folio (10-1/2 by 13 inches), original publisher's full brown pebbled morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $2500.
First edition of this elegant depiction of European places of interest, splendidly illustrated with 63 full-page steel engravings and hundreds of in-text wood-engravings, in publisher’s deluxe tooled morocco-gilt.
Editor Bayard Taylor was a born traveller. His first trip to Europe in 1844, graphic accounts of which he sent to The New York Tribune, The Saturday Evening Post, and The United States Gazette, resulted in a book, Views Afoot (1846), which enjoyed considerable popularity and established its author as a recognized authority on travel. Originally issued in parts, this pictorial overview of European sights includes exquisitely detailed views of forest scenery, the southern and Cornish coasts of Great Britain, the Derby Dales, English castles, abbeys, and churches, views of Italian lakes, the Alps, the Rhine, Venice, old German towns, and the Alhambra as well as scenes of Athens and Russia. Gift inscription.
Plates clean and bright. Fine condition.