New York: Putnam, 1870. Octavo. Item #027231
v-xi -639, (1)pp. ad. Second edition, revised, with errata on preface. As James Thomas Flexner wrote: "Students of mid-nineteenth century American painting and sculpture have been blessed with the existence of Henry t. Tuckerman's work. His The Book of the Artists summarizes all the major artists in the United States of his time and he traces their connections as well as their major clients and subjects." The work is a marvelous companions piece to William Dunlap's History of the Rise and Progress of Design in the United States (1834). As Flexner notes, Dunlap reflected a strong opinion whereas Tuckerman is a reflecting mirror, without personal interpretation and he has included many of the artists that Dunlap neglected. A very good copy bound in embossed brown cloth over beveled boards, spine lettering gilt, top edge gilt, brown coated endpapers, some chipping to cloth at foot, light corner wear, off-setting to title page from frontispiece. No names or bookplates.