[Richmond, Virginia]: Clerk’s Office of the District of Virginia, 1858.
Oblong Folio. Print; extracted from Beyer’s Album of Virginia, an oblong folio, 16 /3/4 x 24 1/4”. The lithographed title leaf, which was followed by forty tinted lithographic plates. Though registered in the Clerk’s Office in the District of Virginia, the lithography was in fact done on the continent, by Rau & Son in Dresden and A. v. W. Loeillot in Berlin. ~~The German-born artist Edward Beyer was active in the United States from 1848 to 1857 and is remembered primarily for this Album of Virginia. The elaborate title leaf depicts the iconography of Virginia’s seal, with Virtus, dressed as an Amazon, with a sword in one hand and a spear in the other (to which the Flag of the Nation is attached), with a foot on Tyranny, who has a broken chain in his hand and his fallen crown nearby. There are vignettes of a Mill; and train, perhaps symbolizing industry and progress; as well as vignett of Mount Vernon and of Monticello, homes of Virginia’s (and the nation’s) most prominent Founders.~~Most of the scenes in Beyer’s Album are from the Valley of Virginia, and depict the soft contours of the mountains of Virginia. All of them, including this title leaf, have a soft, luminous quality, with great appeal. “This collection of forty-one views is one of the most pleasant of American color-plate books to behold” [McGrath, 88]. ~~This plate has some toning; as well as a couple of creases. It is framed with a mat; we have not removed it to clean the glass on the inside. (Sabin 5135; Howes B,413; Bennett 10; McGrath, American Color Plate Books 1800-1900).