BANVARD; OR THE ADVENTURES OF AN ARTIST; A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH [wrapper title].

London: Printed by Reed and Pardon, [1850]. [20]pp. Original pictorial wrappers. Wrappers lightly chipped around edges. Internally clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM39152

A scarce biography and promotional pamphlet for John Banvard, the American painter, panoramist, and promoter whose lasting fame came from the massive panorama of the Mississippi River that he created and toured in America and Europe. This pamphlet, which provides extensive biographical information on Banvard, was created to promote his latest venture, an exhibition of paintings of the Old World and Palestine that were on view at the Hall of Art in Boston. The rear wrapper contains a distinguished set of endorsements of Banvard's work, from the likes of Edward Everett, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Charles Dickens, Bayard Taylor, and Queen Victoria, who had seen Banvard's Mississippi panorama via a command performance at Windsor Castle in 1849. The DAB dates the present London edition of this pamphlet to 1851, though it seems more likely that it was printed in 1850, the same year as the Paris edition. Banvard spent much of 1850 touring the Holy Land, conducting research for his paintings. An imprint line on the rear wrapper indicates that this pamphlet was actually printed in Boston. OCLC locates at total of only four copies. Scarce. SABIN 3225 (Paris ed. only). OCLC 81499447, 26517819.

Price: $500.00