Itinéraire pittoresque du fleuve Hudson et des parties latérales de l'Amérique du Nord

Collection History

The major source for the images in this digital presentation-the Phelps Stokes Collection of American historical prints and early views of American cities-came to the Library in 1930 as a gift of the architect and historian Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes (1867-1944). It includes more than 800 prints, drawings, and maps produced over a period of four centuries, from the earliest European discoveries of the West Indian islands through the 19th century. The selection also includes some 30 images from the assemblage of New York City views donated to the Library in 1922 by Amos F. Eno (1836-1915) and a few items from the collection of American historical prints accumulated by Dr. Thomas Addis Emmet (1828-1919) and presented to the Library in 1896. Lastly, a few other items not found in these collections also appear, such as an 1814 view of New Archangel, Alaska from the Rare Book Division, and the Hudson River Portfolio of 1820 views, from the Spencer Collection.


The images in this collection, comprising an incomparable visual narrative of the development of the Americas and especially the territory that became the United States, offer a rich visual resource for the student of American history, architecture, urban growth, costume, transportation, and much else. The documentation of the rise of New York City is particularly strong.

The Print Collection of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints, and Photographs holds the works from The Phelps Stokes Collection, the Eno Collection of New York City Views and the Emmet Collection. The basis for the selection of images in this presentation, Gloria Gilda Deák's 1988 monograph, Picturing America, is an extensive catalog of the holdings of American historical prints in the Print Collection and other divisions of the Library, with essays and notes not included in this digital version.

Related Resources

Deák, Gloria Gilda. Picturing America, 1497-1899: Prints, Maps, and Drawings Bearing on the New World Discoveries and on the Development of the Territory That Is Now the United States. (1988)

Stokes, I. N. Phelps and Daniel C. Haskell. American Historical Prints: Early View of American Cities, etc., from the Phelps Stokes and Other Collections. (1933)

Collection Data

French artist Jacques Milbert toured the Hudson River region in the 1820's and compiled a series of colored drawings of views he encountered on his trip. Upon his return to Paris, an account of his travels illustrated with lithographs of the views introduced the beauties of the Hudson River to the European public.
Gaugain, Henri (Publisher)
Milbert, Jacques Gérard, 1766-1840 (Illustrator)
Adam, Victor, 1801-1866 (Lithographer)
Bichebois, Alphonse, 1801-1850 (Associated name)
Deroy, Laurent, 1797-1886 (Lithographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1828 - 1829
Place: Paris
Publisher: Henry Gaugain et Cie.
Library locations
Rare Book Division
Shelf locator: Stuart 276 Atlas
Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.) -- Description and travel
New England -- Description and travel
New York (State) -- Description and travel
New Jersey -- Description and travel
Pennsylvania -- Description and travel
Content: Deák gives Gaugain's first name as Henry
Citation/reference: Deák 299
Statement of responsibility: d'après les dessins originaux pris sur les lieux par J. Milbert et lithographiés par Adam, Bichebois, Deroy, Dupressoir, Jacottet, Joly, Sabatier, Tirpenne et Villeneuve.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 v. ; 35 cm. + and atlas of 53 pl., fold. map ; 52 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12716684
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 793036d0-c6eb-012f-9a5a-3c075448cc4b
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