Title: “On the Coast Of Florida”
Cartographer: R. Hinshelwood (artist)
Time and Place: 1874; New York City
Publisher: D. Appleton & Co
Reference: “Picturesque America”
Dimensions & Type: image 5 x 9 on a larger sheet; engraving
Condition: VG+, nice strike, no dirt
“Picturesque America or the Land We Live In” was published in New York by Appleton and Company. It could be purchased as a two volume book or by semi-monthly subscription (1873) which got you a chapter with one “highly finished engraving on steel” and several wood cuts plus text. This print is from the book, volume I and was engraved by R. Hinshelwood. This book, edited by William Cullen Bryant, set the standard for armchair travel at a time when Americans were just beginning to realize the immensity and diversity of their country. The book’s engraving and their accompanying essays are considered to have had a profound effect on the growth both tourism and historic preservation in the United States.
The image features the striking flora of the Sate while in the distant background a sailing ship can be seen.