Title: Picturesque America; or, The land we live in. A delineation by pen and pencil of the mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, water-falls, shores, cañons, valleys, cities, and other picturesque features of our country. With illustrations on steel and wood by eminent American artists. Edited by William Cullen Bryant. New York: D. Appleton c. 1872-1874.
Picturesque America is a two volume set of books that documents American scenery through a series of 65 essays and 950 engravings. Originally published as a subscription, the essays were later bound into 2 volumes edited by William Cullen Bryant (poet, journalist, and editor of the New York Evening Post) and became a bestseller in the late 19th century. The work is said to have positively impacted America’s tourism industry as well as spark the country’s historic preservation movement.