Beyer, Edward. Album of Virginia: or Illustration of the Old Dominion. Richmond :State Library of Virginia, 1980 reprint of the 1857-1858 publication. 17½” x 12½” clam-shell box portfolio in gilt-lettered faux burgundy Morocco containing 41 loose color lithograph facsimile reproductions of Beyer’s original prints, a 40-page softcover pamphlet describing the prints, and a laid-in subscription card promoting the Virginia Cavalcade, the library’s quarterly illustrated publication. The plates measure 17” x 12”; 40 are numbered, the title plate is unnumbered. The original prints were produced by Rau & Son of Dresden and W. Loeillot of Berlin.. Fine. Item #010028
Beyer was a German-American artist who traveled throughout Virginia from 1854 to 1857 sketching and painting beautiful landscape views including the famous Natural Bridge, hot springs resorts, Harper’s Ferry, Weyer’s Cave, railroad bridges and tunnels, and the mouth of the James River. The original portfolio of prints is exceptionally rare. (See Bennett p.10; Deak 721; Howes B413, and Sabin 5125.)
An exceptionally nice example of a scarce collection of facsimile prints. Only a little shelf-wear to the box; otherwise, just like it left the bookstore.