Album of Virginia; or, illustration of the Old Dominion: BEYER, Edward Album of Virginia; or, illustration of the Old Dominion: BEYER, Edward Album of Virginia; or, illustration of the Old Dominion: BEYER, Edward Album of Virginia; or, illustration of the Old Dominion: BEYER, Edward

Album of Virginia; or, illustration of the Old Dominion

BEYER, Edward

Published by Edward Beyer [but printed by Rau & Son of Dresden and W.Loeillot of Berlin], 1858
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(16 1/4 x 24 inches). Lithographed throughout. Tinted title with five vignettes, 40 tinted plates after Beyer by Rau & Son (18) or W.Loeillot (22). Original half morocco over cloth-covered boards, the lower cover blocked in blind with title panel and surrounding decorative border, the upper cover with the title panel in gilt, and the surrounding decorative border in blind, the flat spine divided into six compartments by gilt roll tools, modern red morocco-backed red cloth box, the spine with raised bands, lettered direct in the second compartment One of the foremost works of American scenery from the golden age of lithography. "This is a major outstanding item, the rarity of which is by no means fully appreciated" (Bennett). Edward Beyer was a German artist who visited the United States in the early 1850s. He chose to concentrate his work on Virginia and Kentucky, spending three years in Virginia working on the original drawings for this book. Although the title notes that the copyright was registered by Beyer in the District of Virginia, the book was actually produced in Germany, with the plates being prepared in Dresden or Berlin. The superb tinted lithograph views (printed in black with, generally, two further colours) include beautiful natural scenes, Harper's Ferry, White Sulphur Springs, railroad bridges and tunnels (e.g Highbridge near Farmville), views in Weyer's Cave, and scenes at many of the fashionable spa resorts which nestled amid the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Deak writes of Beyer: "He was taken by the beauty of the Virginia landscape, particularly by the elegant settings of some of the region's watering places. Virginians responded warmly to Beyer's enterprise and often gave him advance access to architectural plans when these could be of help to him. There was probably no Virginia county that Beyer left unvisited in his zeal to present what is, in fact, an affectionate family album of an entire state." Deak praises Beyer's "delicate and precise style" and "characteristic refinement of proportion." Bennett p.10; Deak Picturing America 721; Howes B413 ("b"); Sabin 5125. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Album of Virginia; or, illustration of the ...
Publisher: Edward Beyer [but printed by Rau & Son of Dresden and W.Loeillot of Berlin]
Publication Date: 1858
Binding: Oblong folio

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Beyer, Edward
Published by Virginia State Library, Richmond (1980)
ISBN 10: 0884900916 ISBN 13: 9780884900917
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Book Description Virginia State Library, Richmond, 1980. Unbound. Condition: Very Good. Edward Beyer (illustrator). Reprint. Reprint of this fabulous collection of prints of Virginia scenes, 41 full-color plates including the title page, originally published in 1858. Includes a stapled pamphlet describing the plates, originally published separately and thought to be the work of Samuel Mordechai. Prints and pamphlet are contained in a hinged box, burgundy with gilt titling. Light wear to box, but one corner is creased, causing a short tear to the fore-edge; other minor creased & dents; prints fine apart from a hint of the box color off-setting to the corners, images not affected; first & last leaves of the pamphlet lightly cockled. Actual page size about 12 by 17 inches; image size about 7 by 11½ inches. Size: 12½" by 17½". Seller Inventory # q0113os

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Beyer, Edward.
Published by Virginia State Library, (1980)
ISBN 10: 0884900916 ISBN 13: 9780884900917
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Book Description Virginia State Library, 1980. Softcover. Condition: G. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Portfolio of 40 prints (Plate 3, Rockfish Gap, MISSING) reprinted by the Virginia State Library in 1980 and housed in original lidded/hinged dark-red box with moderate wear, including light spotting, scuffs, tears at front notch. Color prints in very good condition with some, perhaps, showing evidence of handling (very minor). Includes original 40-page stapled booklet, which is in very nice condition with little evidence of handling. ; Seller Inventory # 44269

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Beyer, Edward
Published by Edward Beyer [Printed by Rau & Son of Dresden and W. Loeillot of Berlin], Richmond, Virginia (1858)
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Book Description Edward Beyer [Printed by Rau & Son of Dresden and W. Loeillot of Berlin], Richmond, Virginia, 1858. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. First Edition First Printing. Oblong Folio. Measures about 16 inches tall by 24 inches wide. Hardcover bound in original half leather with cloth-covered boards. The binding is quite worn, and the front cover is detached. The leather on the spine is perished and is chipped off the corners. The first two flyleaves are detached. Illustrated with a lithographic title and 40 full-page color-tinted lithographic plates. The plates are worn about the edges and show some cracking at the gutter. Plates are generally foxed (sometimes quite heavily) and have some damping in the margins. Collates complete with all plates. Edward Beyer (1820-1865) was a German artist who came to America in 1848. In the mid-1850s he travelled through Virginia, painting iconic and romantic scenes along the way. There are several views of the Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County as well as a number of Hot Springs in western Virginia. He also has a good view of Harpers Ferry. Please inquire for more photos. We have an album on our bookshops Facebook page (Pages Past Used and Rare Books) with over 45 images of this book, including an image of each lithograph. Seller Inventory # 035626

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BEYER, Edward
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Book Description [Richmond], Virginia, Edward Beyer [but printed by Rau & Son of Dresden and W.Loeillot of Berlin], 1858. Oblong folio. (16 5/8 x 24 ¾ inches). Lithographed throughout. Tinted title with five integral vignettes, 40 tinted plates after Beyer by Rau & Son (18) or W.Loeillot (22). Original deep purple half morocco, upper cloth cover with blind-stamped border surrounding large central title block in gilt `Album of Virginia;/ or,/ Illustration. Of the/ Old Dominion. By/ Edward Beyer', lower cover blocked in blind, the flat spine divided into six compartments by horizontal gilt roll (some discolouration to upper cover, extremities bumped). Modern tan cloth box. One of the foremost American view books created in the nineteenth century. "This is a major outstanding item, the rarity of which is by no means fully appreciated" - Bennett Edward Beyer was a German artist who visited the United States in the early 1850's. He chose to concentrate his work on Virginia and Kentucky, spending three years in Virginia working on the original drawings for this book. Although the titlepage gives Richmond as a place of printing, the book was actually produced in Germany, with the plates being prepared in Dresden and the letterpress in Berlin. The superb tinted lithograph views include beautiful natural scenes, Harper's Ferry, White Sulphur Springs, railroad bridges and tunnels (e.g Highbridge near Farmville), views in Weyer's Cave, and scenes at many of the fashionable resorts which nestled amid the mountains of Southwest Virginia. A broad variety of places in Virginia are shown. Deak writes of Beyer, "He was taken by the beauty of the Virginia landscape, particularly by the elegant settings of some of the region's watering places.Virginians responded warmly to Beyer's enterprise and often gave him advance access to architectural plans when these could be of help to him. There was probably no Virginia county that Beyer left unvisited in his zeal to present what is, in fact, an affectionate family album of an entire state." Deak praises Beyer's "delicate and precise style" and "characteristic refinement of proportion." Bennett p.10; Deak Picturing America 721; Howes B413 ("b"); Sabin 5125. Seller Inventory # 31532

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BEYER, Edward
Published by Edward Beyer [but printed by Rau & Son of Dresden and W. Loeillot of Berlin], [Richmond], Virginia (1858)
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Book Description Edward Beyer [but printed by Rau & Son of Dresden and W. Loeillot of Berlin], [Richmond], Virginia, 1858. Oblong folio. (16 1/4 x 24 inches). Lithographed throughout. Tinted title with five integral vignettes, 40 tinted plates after Beyer by Rau & Son (18) or W.Loeillot (22). (Occasional expert repairs, each plate backed with archival tissue). Expertly bound to style in half morocco over original brown cloth-covered boards, upper cloth cover with blind-stamped border surrounding large central title block in gilt `Album of Virginia;/ or,/ Illustration. Of the/ Old Dominion. By/ Edward Beyer', lower cover blocked in blind, modern cloth box [ With :] [Edward BEYER]. Description of the Album of Virginia: or, the Old Dominion, illustrated. Richmond: Enquirer Book and Job Printing Office, 1857. Vol.I (all published), 8vo (8 ¾ x 5 ¾ inches). Original half calf over cloth-covered boards, titled in gilt on upper cover, modern cloth box. One of the foremost American view books created in the nineteenth century("an outstanding item" [Bennett]) here with the scarce octavo volume of explanatory text published separately in Richmond. Edward Beyer was a German artist who visited the United States in the early 1850's. He chose to concentrate his work on Virginia and Kentucky, spending three years in Virginia working on the original drawings for this book. Although the titlepage gives Richmond as a place of printing, the book was actually produced in Germany, with the plates being prepared in Dresden and the letterpress in Berlin. The superb tinted lithograph views include beautiful natural scenes, Harper's Ferry, White Sulphur Springs, railroad bridges and tunnels (e.g Highbridge near Farmville), views in Weyer's Cave, and scenes at many of the fashionable resorts which nestled amid the mountains of Southwest Virginia. A broad variety of places in Virginia are shown. Deak writes of Beyer, "He was taken by the beauty of the Virginia landscape, particularly by the elegant settings of some of the region's watering places.Virginians responded warmly to Beyer's enterprise and often gave him advance access to architectural plans when these could be of help to him. There was probably no Virginia county that Beyer left unvisited in his zeal to present what is, in fact, an affectionate family album of an entire state." Deak praises Beyer's "delicate and precise style" and "characteristic refinement of proportion." Bennett p.10; Deak Picturing America 721; Howes B413 ("b"); Sabin 5125. Seller Inventory # 19821

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Beyer, Edward:
Published by Richmond [but actually Dresden & Berlin]: Edward Beyer [but printed by Rau & Son of Dresden and W. Loeillot of Berlin], 1858. (1858)
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Book Description Richmond [but actually Dresden & Berlin]: Edward Beyer [but printed by Rau & Son of Dresden and W. Loeillot of Berlin], 1858., 1858. Lithograph titlepage (with five vignettes) plus forty tinted lithograph plates. Oblong folio. Original gilt cloth boards bound onto larger modern three-quarter morocco and cloth. Titlepage lightly soiled and edgeworn. A few plates with closed marginal tears, expertly repaired; titlepage and each plate backed by tissue. [with:] [Beyer, Edward]: DESCRIPTION OF THE ALBUM OF VIRGINIA: OR THE OLD DOMINION, ILLUSTRATED. VOL. I [all published]. Richmond: Enquirer Book and Job Printing Office, 1857. [79]pp. Original half calf and cloth boards, gilt title on front board. Text volume very clean internally. Overall a very good, handsome copy of a book very difficult to find in clean condition, here with the scarce accompanying text volume. Both volumes housed in folding cloth box. The Beyer album is one of the foremost American view books created in the 19th century. "This is a major outstanding item, the rarity of which is by no means fully appreciated" - Bennett. Edward Beyer was a German artist who visited the United States in the early 1850s. He chose to concentrate his work on Virginia and Kentucky, spending three years in Virginia working on the original drawings for this book. Although the titlepage asserts Richmond was the place of printing, the book was actually produced in Germany, with the plates being prepared in Dresden and the letterpress in Berlin. The superb tinted lithograph views include beautiful natural scenes, Harpers Ferry, White Sulphur Springs, railroad bridges and tunnels (e.g. Highbridge near Farmville), views in Weyer's Cave, and scenes at many of the fashionable resorts which were nestled amid the mountains of Southwest Virginia. "He was taken by the beauty of the Virginia landscape, particularly by the elegant settings of some of the region's watering places.Virginians responded warmly to Beyer's enterprise and often gave him advance access to architectural plans when these could be of help to him. There was probably no Virginia county that Beyer left unvisited in his zeal to present what is, in fact, an affectionate family album of an entire state" - Deák. Deák praises Beyer's "delicate and precise style" and "characteristic refinement of proportion." It is one of the foremost works of American scenery. This copy of Beyer is notable for being accompanied by the small volume of explanatory text, separately published in Richmond in 1857. This volume is quite rare and almost never found with the album. HOWES B413, "b." SABIN 5125. BENNETT, p.10. DEÁK, PICTURING AMERICA 721. Seller Inventory # WRCAM 38869

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