Currier & Ives’ America

From a Young Nation to a Great Power

Release Date
Format Hardcover 488 pages 9.5 x 12 inches Over 300 full-color illustrations
Category American Art
ISBN-13 978-0-78921-258-0 SKU 1042662

The best-selling collection of Currier & Ives Americana, now available at an unbeatable price

In the 1800s—long before the days of photojournalism and cable news—vibrant, contemporary depictions of news events, portraits of prominent political and social figures, and scenic views of the American wilderness were circulated throughout the growing nation. From the beginning of the exciting century that saw a small nation expand into a mighty world power, the famous lithographic firm of Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives produced over 7,000 prints, capturing scenes of American life in vivid detail.

Currier & Ives prints were each colored individually, by hand, and collectors have prized their skilled craftsmanship and keen sense of composition for generations. This timeless collection, complete with more than three hundred illustrations in full color and a masterful text by historian Walton Rawls, captures a beloved piece of Americana. With festive holiday scenes, watershed historical moments, and idyllic depictions of the American countryside, this book will hold perennial appeal for lovers of history, art, and a classic take on the American experience.


"This hefty collection, originally published in 1979, boasts more than 300 full-color plates created and distributed by famed 19th century American lithographers Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives ... Rawls provides an intricately researched introductory essay chronicling the rise and fall of Currier & Ives ... this book illustrates the firm's thriving Americana legacy." — Publishers Weekly

Organized broadly by topic, each chapter demonstrates how the prints captured the mood and events of America during that period and reflected standards of the day. This book includes many reproductions of the works in beautiful full color. ... This current volume will be relevant for academic and public libraries looking to enhance their art collections. — Library Journal


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