Here is an elegant, jacket-covered hardbound edition of The Great Book of Currier & Ives’ America, edited and compiled by Walton Rawls and published in 1979 by Abbeville Press of New York. Though showing minimal wear and stain, the jacket cover remains in great vintage condition. The cloth cover and interior pages are in excellent shape.
In the 1800s, long before the days of photo-journalism and television, colorful up-to-date pictures of news events, portraits of important political and social figures, and scenic views of American natural wonders were circulating widely all through the U.S.A. From early in the exciting century that saw a small nation expand into a mighty world power, the famous lithographic firm of Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives produced over 7,000 lithographs picturing scenes of American life, portraits of American leaders, and dramatic recreations of the events that made the news of the day.
This book features the largest number of Currier and Ives prints ever reproduced in a single volume as well as many that have never been published. It contains more than 400 illustrations — over 300 of which are in large full color. Each illustration is fully captioned, with its original title, date of publication, and artist, whenever known — invaluable information for collectors, students, and anyone interested in American history and illustration.
This exquisitely rendered book would make a wonderful gift for anyone who is a devotee of the fine art of illustration or a beautiful addition to any home library.