Homer, Winslow (illus et al.)
New York. D. Appleton and Company. 1870.
Volume Third. Bound volume of the magazine January to June 1870, illustrated throughout in black and white featuring woodcut engravings with several fold out engravings and three steel engraved frontispieces present. Volume 11 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches, 3/4 leather binding, gilt-lettered spine. Volume is about 2 1/2 inches thick. Wear to covers, painted number on lower spine. Contents are clean and tight, occasional short edge tears, previous owner's blindstamp to blank sheet at front. Several of the foldouts have separated along the creases, but not the most desirable ones described below. The volume has not been collated, but text pages appear to be complete. An illustration appears to have been removed from the front of the April 2 issue. The volume features several black and white wood-engraved fold-out "Art Supplements" including the large and impressive "View of Terrace and Lake, Central Park, New York" (on sheet 11 x 29 1/4 inches); "Prospect Park, Brooklyn" on sheet 11 x 15 inches; "Elm Arcade, New Haven" (on sheet 11 x 15 inches) accompanying the article "A Visit to Old Yale." There is a three-plus column article on "The Central Park" quoting the " 'remark of Horace Greeley on his first visit - "They have let it alone more than I thought they would.' " This large and early view of Central Park New York is an early depiction of the bucolic oasis and in its size very impressive. The June 25 issue features a front page image by Winslow Homer "A Quiet Day in the Woods." A multi-page illustrated article "Behind, Below, and Above the Scenes" provides a fascinating view of the backstage theatre of the times; an article with illustrations on Harvard College and much more. Item #56153