HOMER, WINSLOW, et al., lithographers.
HUNTER, WILLIAM STEWART. Hunter's Ottawa Scenery, in the vicinity of Ottawa City, Canada. Ottawa: Wm. S. Hunter Jr, 1855.
Small folio (338 x 255 mm). Tinted lithographed title, printed by J.H. Bufford of Boston, oval tinted lithographed frontispiece by John Perry Newall, folding lithographed map of "Rail routes to the city of Ottawa" printed on thin paper, 13 oval tinted lithographed views (7 by Newall, 1 by Winslow Homer, 5 unsigned but attributed to Homer), all after Hunter and printed by Bufford. Modern cloth, lettered in gilt and tooled in black, covers with onlaid brown cloth panels from the original publisher's binding, gilt edges. Text toned.
A WELL-PRESENTED COPY OF WHAT IS "PROBABLY THE FIRST BOOK TO INCLUDE LITHOGRAPHS DRAWN BY [WINSLOW] HOMER" (Tatham Winslow Homer and the Illustrated Book, 1992, p 22). More generally, Tatham also notes that Hunter's work occupies "an important place in the history of Canadian topographical art" (p 24). Winslow Homer served his apprenticeship as a lithographer Bufford's of Boston, and the present work includes his first substantial published lithograph (the third plate, "View of the Locks, Entrance of Rideau Canal") which is initialed by Homer. In addition, the large title vignette and five other plates have been attributed to him on stylistic grounds. The unusually lavish nature of the work leads Tatham to speculate that "Interests seeking Ottawa's selection as the nation's Capitol may have been behind it. The Ottawa and Prescott Railway, which linked the town to Montreal, might have funded it in an attempt to encourage tourism" (Tatham p 23). Sabin 33937; TPL 3563.