Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1887.
Hardcover. This brilliantly gilt-stamped 1887 book celebrates the legend, landscape, and poetry of the White Mountains, a mountain range, the most rugged of New England, part of the northern Appalachian Mountains and crossing parts of New Hampshire and Maine. Illustrated in eleven tissue-guarded photogravures introduced in this edition as well as more than sixty woodcuts, this is a stunning Victorian ode to the White Mountains. Chapters include "The Four Valleys," "Exploration of the White Hills," "Lake Winnipiseogee, "The Pemigewasset Valley and Franconia," "The Saco Valley and Chocorua," "The Notch and Its Vicinity," "The Vegetation fo the White Mountains," "The Androscoggin Valley," "The Glen," "The Ascent of Mount Washington," and "The Connecticut Valley."
8 7/8" X 6 3/8". xi, 403pp. Presents nicely in protective archival jacket. Bound in full red cloth, with elaborate decorations in black and gilt to upper board and spine. Moderate wear to binding, with small tears to frayed head and tail of sunned spine, bumping to split corners, and faint stain to rear board. Both inner hinges show signs of starting to crack with tears to endpapers at gutters and appear to have been reinforced with binder's glue. Binding remains sound. Original owner's name to front free endpaper and light age-toning to pages throughout, else clean and unmarked. Good. Item #6421