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Picturing America, 1497-1899: Prints, Maps, and Drawings Bearing on the New World Discoveries and on the Development of the Territory That Is Now the United States

Deak, Glo Ria-Gilda;New York Public Library

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ISBN 10: 0691039992 / ISBN 13: 9780691039992
Published by Princeton University Press, 1988
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Book and dust jacket are in NF condition. Some faint smudges to book edges and dust jacket shows minor edge wear, but looks out of the box new otherwise. Binding is tight and pages are all clean and unmarked. Bookseller Inventory # 000142

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Title: Picturing America, 1497-1899: Prints, Maps, ...

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Gloria Gilda Deak's comprehensive documentation of over a thousand maps, drawings, and urban views, selected from the New York Public Library's notable collection of Americana, makes her work a primary reference tool in the area of American historical prints. As such it will replace Stokes and Haskell's American Historical Prints, which for over half a century has been the chief reference work in this area.

For more than four centuries, graphic artists contributed to a wealth of woodcuts, engravings, etchings, aquatints, lithographs, and chromolithographs that serve today as indispensable documents in the study of America's history. In Deak's work a continuum of these images allows us to follow the cultural shaping of America from the time of the European discoveries to the end of the nineteenth century. Of particular interest are a German woodcut of New World natives, a gouache painting of Florida Indians in 1564, scenes of the Gold Rush, and nineteenth-century bird's-eye views of American cities.

From Library Journal:

This catalog dips into the New York Public Library's vast print collection of American landscapes and city scenes, progressing from the country's beginnings to the end of the 19th century. The first volume contains detailed annotations of over 800 prints, which are then illustrated in the second volume. The author's research is meticulous, which makes viewing the often small, predominantly black-and-white illustrations particularly disappointing. The reproduction is fine, but the elements of composition and detail that make the prints so special are almost completely lost. Libraries with comprehensive fine arts collections will need this book, but given the importance and potential appeal of the subject, the author should have aimed for a larger audience.
- Stephen Rees, Bucks Cty. Free Lib., Levittown, Pa.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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