Content: Each part in the original illustrated pale blue paper covers, as issued semi-monthly, 1872-1874. Title page for v. 1 in pt. 1; t.p. for v. 2, contents and list of engravings on steel for v. 1-2 in pt. 48. Advertisement for Appleton's illustrated American cyclopedia on p.  of covers, pts. 37-48.
Content: Each vol. has added engraved t.p.
Content: Illustrations: 49 prints : steel etching, steel engraving ; full-page. Engraved by Robert Hinshelwood, S.V. Hunt and others, after A.C. Warren, Harry Fenn, Granville Perkins and others. -- Numerous wood engravings of views throughout, full-page or smaller.
Content: Instructions "To the binder" on p.  of covers of pts. 41, 45 and 47-48.
Content: Preface by Bryant, who credits Oliver B. Bunce with main work of editorship (v. 1, p. iv); text by Bunce and others. Cf. BAL, which quotes a letter from Bryant: "I edited the work, it is true." Cf. also Fifty years among authors, books and publishers / J.C. Derby. 1884. p. 158.
Citation/reference: Hamilton, S. Amer. book illustrators (1958 ed.), 737
Statement of responsibility: William Cullen Bryant, ed.
Extent: Vol. 1: viii, 568 p.,  leaves of plates; v. 2: vi, 576 p.,  leaves of plates.