Buffalo: Sage, Sons & Co., 1864. Oblong 4to. 230 x 290 mm. (9 x 11 1/2 inches). , 39 pp. Illustrated with four oval color lithographic plates, images measuring 190 x 240 mm. ( 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches). Original embossed brown cloth binding, with title gilt on upper board; text block nearly separated from the spine, cloth spine a bit torn at spine, but with faults a remarkable survival.
Extremely rare travel souvenir to Niagara Falls, illustrated with colored lithographs printed by the noted Buffalo firm, Sage, Sons & Co. A note at the end of the volumes reads in part, "The engravings which accompany this work are all from the most perfect Photographs, and in minuteness of detail surpass anything of the kind hithertofore achieved. Mr. Platt D. Babbett, of Niagara Falls, one of the oldest and most skillful artists of the country having spent several years in watching the various changes of nature, in this every-changing spot, has a large collection, taken Stereoscopically, from which these have been carefully selected."
The images, printed in a mixture of pale greens, browns, and whites are beautifully executed, and the plates are in near perfect condition, with no foxing or fading of the colors. The text includes information on the natural history of the Falls, the legend of the Falls, some of the history surrounding the crimes committed at the Falls and other tantalizing facts or fictions about the place. It also has short guide to the Falls in French and Spanish.
Rare: Not cited in Peters, American on Stone, although he does list other works by the lithographers beginning in 1856, but not this work. Peters summarizes Sage, Sons & Co. with the statement that "The work is excellent." Not in Bennett. Not cited in Reese, American Color Plates (1999). OCLC cites on copy at New York Historical Society. (274). Item #274