London: George Virtue, 1840.
First Edition. Hardcover. Good+. Two volumes, 8.25" x 10.5", pp. 140, with frontis portrait of Bartlett, engraved title page, and 65 plates; 106, with map (listed as being in Vol. II), engraved title page, and 53 plates. Contemporary quarter-leather, marbled boards and endpapers. Some rubbing to boards and extremities, bindings sound. Frontispieces and title pages heavily foxed, otherwise light to moderate foxing on occasional pages throughout. Bartlett visited the United States several times in 1835-36, traveling through the mid-Atlantic and New England states and drawing their the buildings, towns and scenery. His finely detailed steel engravings, along with text by Willis, were first published in 30 monthly installments in 1837-39. This is the first bound edition. One modern scholar praises the combination of Willis' prose and Bartlett's engravings "a vast storehouse of association-enhanced landscape, and an authentic, colorful record of America's folklore, legend, and history" (Callow, Kindred Spirits). Others have criticized the work for being overly stylized and genteel. Howes B-209; Sabin 3784.