(22 1/8 x 15 3/8 inches). Title and 4pp. text in French and English. Title with a cartographic vignette. 6 lithographed plates after Blouet, captions in French and English. Contemporary wrappers, lettered on the upper wrapper. Housed in a blue morocco backed box. Very rare plate book of American scenery, depicting Niagara Falls in winter. "These views have been sketched on one of the last days of March 1837 . Great part of the snow which covered the earth, had been melted by the sun and shone for us but few moments . The East wind blew the everlasting cloud, and Canada seemed a new found country, covered with ice trees, most part of which had lost half of their boughs . However, this delightful scene was nearly finished for us, the clouds were heaped up in the sky; at length it began to rain, the mist fell upon us and spread around . The curtain was soon drawn upon so much majesty; we went away, keeping a long memory of this queen of cataracts" (p. 4). The plates comprise: 1) Vue de la Grande Chute du Fer a Cheval prise de l'Ile de la Chevre / View of the Great Horse-Shoe-Fall taken from Goat-Island 2) Vue de la Chute du Centre prise de l'Ile de la Chevre / View of the Central Fall taken from Goat Island 3) Vue de la Chute de Schlosser prise de la Rive de l'Etat de New-York / View of the Schlosser Fall taken from the New-York Shore 4) Vue de la Chite de Schlosser prise de l'Escalier qui conduit au Passage du Fleuve / View of the Schlosser Fall taken from the Stairs of the Ferry 5) Vue du Passage sous la Grande Chute du Fer a Cheval prise du bas de la Rive du Canada / View of the Passage under the Great Horse-Shoe-Fall taken from the Shore on the Canada side 6) Vue Centrale des Chutes prise de la Rive du Canada / General View of the Falls taken from the Canada Shore Blouet (1795-1853), a French architect noted for his work on the Arc de Triomphe, toured the United States in 1836-1837 with Frederic-Auguste Demetz to study American prison architecture and administration for the French Ministry of the Interior. While his report on prisons is sometimes encountered, the present work is very rare: Lande cites but three known copies (Bibliotheque Nationale, Toronto Public Library and his own). TPL 2043; Lande, Rare and Unusual Canadiana 5218; J.E. Adamson Frederic Church's Niagara: The sublime as transendence , University of Michigan, 1981 p.148; Dow II, pp.891-892; Eland 137; Lane Impressions of Niagara , p.51; McKinsey: 73; G. Seibel 300 Years since Father Hennepin Niagara Falls in Art 1678-1978, p.10. Not in Deak. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Chutes du Niagara. Niagara Falls . Sketched ...
Publication Date: 1838
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