New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1873. Near Fine. First Edition. James David Smillie. [12.5x9.25in (32x23.5cm) cut sheet, 9x6in (23x15.3cm) image]; Hand-colored steel engraving double matted in wood frame; bright colors with minimal foxing spots; a view of San Francisco from Telegraph Hill looking west to the Golden Gate in the evening before sunset. [Taft, Artist and Illustrators of the Old West, p 62 & p 298, Samuels' Encyclopedia of Artist of the American West, p 447]. Item #13367
James David Smillie (1833-1909) was a well known painter and illustrator in the late 1800s. He provided many of the illustrations in the Picturesque America, 1872-1874, edited by William Cullen Bryant. This two volume book was very popular in promoting tourism and illustrating the many different views of America. Along with essays are 900 wood and 50 steel engravings based on the country's well known landscape painters. It was sold by subscription of semimonthly parts that were later bound in two volumes.