MILBERT, Jacques Gerard (1766-1840). Itineraire Pittoresque du Fleuve Hudson et ses Parties Laterales de l'Amerique du Nord, d'apres les Dessins Originaux Pris sur les Lieux. Paris: Henri Gaugain, 1826-1829.
Oblong folio, atlas volume only (13 6/8 x 20 2/8 inches). 50 (of 54, number 1-37, 39-44, 46-48, and 53) fine lithographed plates printed on India paper and laid down, all after Milbert by Deroy, Villeneuve, A. Joly and others (plate 24 with tiny hole in the India paper just affecting plate number, a few very short marginal tears to mounts). Contemporary half tan diced calf, marbled paper boards (recased with new endpapers, extremities lightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS SUPERB SERIES OF AMERICAN VIEWS. 'The painter Milbert set out for the United States in 1815 as a correspondent of the Museum of Natural History in Paris. He remained for seven years, sending back to France almost 8000 specimens of American flora and fauna. He also brought home many sketches from which fifty-two lithographs for his book were made...' (Ray French).
Issued in 13 parts, the lithographs include a view of New York City taken from Weahawk (plate no.1) and various rural and city views, largely of New York State but including other areas of the Northeast and of Maryland and Virginia. 'The powerful influence of the Voyages pittoresques on French topographical lithography is everywhere evident in these plates. Indeed, their scenic panoramas, falls, rapids, and striking rock formations are so relentlessly picturesque that the eye welcomes occasional city views like that of Church Street in New York City [...]' (op. cit.). Sabin 48916; Howes M-592; Ray French 110. Sold as a collection of plates. Catalogued by Kate Hunter