World engraved views 1852 Meyer Universum plate book w/ 48 fine engravings in lovely leather bindingBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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Meyer's Universum or Views of The Most Remarkable Places and Objects of All Countries in Steel Engravings by Distinguished Artists with Descriptive and Historical Texts with Descriptive and Historical Texts, ed. by Charles A. Dana.
Published 1852, New York by Herrmann J. Meyer.
Volume 1, 294 pages. Text in English. Complete with 48 finely engraved full page captioned illustrations, index at rear.
Splendid period deluxe full leather binding, oblong format, slightly raised bands, gilt compartment and cover decorations, gilt title lettering, all edges and turn ins gilt. Binding remains clean, tight, and sound, joints scuffed but strong.
Interior- text block paper uniformly age toned with scattered age spotting, plates mostly clean, original tissue guards. Any age flaws are minor and easy to overlook or forgive.
A superior and very pleasing antiquarian book, much nicer than typical for this title and era. The attention to detail and level of craftsmanship displayed in the binding rise to above ordinary.
The views were originally issued separately in parts over several years. All separately bound volumes of this work (and there are a myriad of different editions and binding styles, this belonging to the best available) are desirable as view books.
All separate volumes of this monumental work can be considered complete unto themselves, "complete" runs in identical bindings are only rarely encountered.
The geographic range of locations for each volume was global and random, as opposed to thematic or organized by continent, making each volume an assortment of unrelated but excellent and finely engraved views of key locations around the world, on all continents.
Book measure: 7 1/2" H X 11 1/2" W.