New York. William H. Dietz. 1849.
Black and white plates, in-text black and white illustrations, 768 pages, approximately 9 x 5 1/2 inches, gilt lettered leather spine and corners with cloth-covered boards (hardbound). Cover edges rubbed, 1 1/4 inch crack to head of back joint of spine; time-toning or foxing on many plates, overall good condition. Many interesting full-page wood engravings and articles of Western American interest including a View of Oregon City (discussed in the January Topics of the Month); The Gold Region in Upper California with accompanying article entitled The Valley of the Sacramento; The Port of Honolulu in the Sandwich Islands with accompanying article; Pyramid Lake, Oregon with accompanying article; half page engraving Monterey, Upper California with accompanying article; and of Eastern interest: View on the Erie Canal Near Little Falls with accompanying article. Other illustrated features of interest include a full page wood engraving of Horace Greeley with accompanying article; a portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson (discussed in February Topics of the Month); a portrait of Louis Napoleon (discussed in March Topics of the Month) and two items of interest regarding Edgar Allan Poe. The first, a piece in verse entitled A Mirror for Authors by Motley Manners, Esq. (A. J. H. Duganne) lampoons various authors including Poe, who is portrayed in silhouette as a Native American with raised tomahawk. Beneath the silhouette is the verse: With tomahawk upraised for deadly blow, Behold our literary Mohawk, Poe! Etc. The other Poe feature is a discussion in the December number of the death of "that melancholy man" and an impending biography. Altogether a well-preserved copy of a mid-nineteenth century magazine focusing on topics of literary and cultural interest. Item #46153