The Nathaniel Parker Willis Papers: American Scenery, 1837-1839

Subscription publication in 30 parts describing travels around America

Finding aid privately published for Florida State University LIS5703.71, Spring, 2003

Finding aid encoded in EAD 1.0 (XML) by H. Richmond Ackerman, March 16, 2003
March 18, 2003 Created from earlier templates April 2, 2003 Final revisions; fixed validation bugs

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Nathaniel Parker Willis
Title: American Scenery
Date Span: 1837-1839
Abstract: A set of thirty printed parts describing travels around America, each containing four engravings by William Henry Bartlett. These were sold by subscription. Printed in two volumes as first edition in London, 1840.
Quantity: Thirty parts

Biographical Note

B. January 20, 1806 Portland, Me. d. January 20, 1867

Editor, poet, writer

Emp: Editor, The Legendary (1828); Editor, The Token, 1829; Founder and editor, The American Monthly Magazine (1829 - 1832); co-founder The Evening Mirror (1840); founder National Press, later named The Home Journal (1846); authored many books, poems, and essays.

Education: Phillips Academy in Andover, MA., B.A. Yale College, 1827

Married (1) 1835, Mary Leighton Stace (2) 1845, Miss Grinnell; one son, two daughters by second marriage.

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes the contents of thirty publications sold by subscription in 1837-1839.


The records have been organized into one series.


The publications are arranged chronologically in the order in which they were written.


Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Appointments can be privately arranged.

Use Restrictions

Proper credit must be given for uses described. Please credit "Ackerman Archives - H. Richmond Ackerman"

Permission for other uses must be granted in writing.

Access Points

Subject Names:
Willis, Nathaniel Parker
(specifically excluded from assignnment)
Subject Places:
(specifically excluded from assignnment)

Administrative Information


An order was placed for this printing with Henry Sotheran, Ltd, a London bookseller, by Harvey Ladew Williams in 1952. In 1985 a copy of the printing was found, offered to, and purchased by Williams. They remained in Williams' possession until his death in 1986. At that point the collection was inherited by H. Richmond Ackerman.

Container List


American scenery; or, land, lake, and river illustrations of transatlantic nature. From drawings by W. H. Bartlett, engraved in the first style of the art, by R. Wallis, J. Cousen, Willmore, Brandard, Adlard, Richardson, etc. The literary department by N. P. Willis, Esq. Author of "Pencillings by the way," "Inklings of Adventure," etc.

Scope and Content:

There is only one container; it is a box of 30 printings. A detailed list of what is in each part is beyond the reach of this finding aid.

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