Picturesque California and the Region West of the Rocky Mountains, from Alaska to Mexico
Edited by John Muir
The year 1888 was a time of great activity in the printing world. Not only were there dozens of new printing techniques and unusual formatting techniques, but printing companies were clamoring to satisfy the public’s fascination with the West. Most of these efforts were relatively small-scale in the form of brochures and single prints. However in 1888, the J. Dewing Publishing company brought together these two emerging trends in a highly ambitious work. This work would be known as Picturesque
California. The book was edited by John Muir and features over 600 etchings, photogravures, and wood etchings, 700 additional illustrations in the text, and 120 tinted plates. These images were integrated into the text in highly innovative ways and depict everything from thriving cities to stunning natural wonders. Picturesque California was meant to draw new immigrants to the West Coast and was one of the first attempts by artists of the Western states to depict the West. The original work was sold by subscription and was distributed monthly in thirty parts.