Antique art portfolio book including 48 steel engravings. Text on the introduction page reads as follows: "English and American Art Gallery Exhibited in a Splendid Collection of Highly-finished Steel Engravings from Original Designs by Artists of Both Countries, the Literature by Various American and English Authors of Eminence. Edited by John Sherer (author of "The Drawing Room Table Book," etc). The London Printing and Publishing Company Limited."
John Sherer (1810-?) was a 19th Century printer, publisher, author and editor. Between 1844 and 1881 he published sixteen works including histories, travel books, and general reference works. His most popular book is "The Gold-Finder of Australia: How He Went, How He Fared, And How He Made His Fortune (1853)". It was once believed that this book was an actual account of his own adventures in the goldfields but it was later established that he never visited Australia. According to the 1881 Census John Sherer, by then age 70 and a widower, was living at a home for gentlemen pensioners in Charterhouse, Middlesex, England and his occupation was listed as Author (General Literature). Book is complete with all 48 beautiful steel engravings. Pages in good used condition with toning and check marks to Contents page. Cover separated from the book and no spine, as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: 17" by 13" by 2" approximately.