Evocative Chromolithograph Views of 19th Century Florida
A rare suite of fine color lithographs illustrating Florida scenes. Many of the views are based on paintings by Loudon Underhill Dodge, a Civil War veteran and erstwhile newspaperman who had failed in numerous business ventures before establishing the Dodge Art Publishing Company in Buffalo. These views evoke the bucolic environment (including orange groves) and town views - particularly of Jacksonville and St. Augustine - of a still mostly undeveloped Florida of the 1870s and early 1880s.
The present work, along with a similar view collection illustrating Lake Chautauqua in upstate New York, are the only published works in the Dodge Art Publishing Company's "Illustrated Resorts" series (several more planned collections for the series, including on California, the Great Lakes, Niagara, Catskills and Hudson River, and others, are listed on the title card in the present work).
OCLC records eight copies of this rare view book (including an incomplete copy at Winterthur). It remains notably rare in the market.
The set includes the following illustrations:
- Lower St. Johns River (slipcase illustration)
- Bay Street, Jacksonville (title card illustration) [with insets of Carleton House and the Everett building]
- Residence Street, Jacksonville [with insets:] St. James & Winsor
- Views in St. Augustine [with insets:] Spanish Market & Spanish Cathedral
- Street in St. Augustine
- Old Spanish Fort & Harbor, St. Augustine
- St. Augustine
- Ball's Orange Arch, St. Augustine
- On the Upper St. Johns River
- The Mitchell Estate, St. Johns River
- Orange Grove, St. Johns River
- Moonlight on St. Johns River, Near Governors Creek
- Ocklawaha River by Day
- Ocklawaha, Night
- Sunrise, Orange Lake
- Fernandina Harbor
- River Front, Palatka [with insets:] Harts Orange Grove & A Southern Residence
- Ruins of Dungeness
- Silver Springs [with an uncaptioned inset of an African American man rowing a boat]
- "Way Down in Dixie" [with inset:] Green Cove Springs [and another uncaptioned inset shows a group of three African American men, including one carrying a banjo and a carpet bag]
- The Sunny Land of Fruit and Flowers
Loudon Dodge was a National Guard veteran of the Civil War who got into painting and lithography after the war.