DESCRIPTION OF BANVARD'S PANORAMA OF THE MISSISSIPPI & MISSOURI RIVERS, EXTENSIVELY KNOWN AS THE "THREE-MILE PAINTING," EXHIBITING A VIEW OF COUNTRY OVER 3000 MILES IN LENGTH, EXTENDING FROM THE MOUTH OF THE YELLOWSTONE TO THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS....

London. 1848. 48pp. Original printed wrappers. Wrappers a bit soiled and stained, mild chipping to spine. Minor dust-soiling to text. Good plus. Item #WRCAM54539

First English edition. In 1840 Banvard began his project of painting a panorama of the Mississippi. The immense work took him seven years, and was agreed to be accurate, if not artistic. It was displayed first in Louisville, then in Boston, where a shorter version of this pamphlet was published, and then in London. In this volume Banvard describes his experiences while creating the huge work. "His pictures were always rapidly executed and with a certain crude vigor but without technical skill" - DAB. CLARK III:271. DAB I, p.582. HOWES B110 (ref). RADER 247.

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