After Icebergs With A Painter:
A Summer Voyage To Labrador And Around Newfoundland.
By Noble, Lewis L(egrand)
London: Sampson, Low, Son & Co. & New York: D.Appleton & Co., 1862. First UK Edition. 8vo â€“ 20.1 cm. pp. xiv, [1 leaf], 336. 6 tinted lithographed plates including frontispiece after paintings by Frederick E. Church. An attractive copy, bound in contemporary half-calf and marble boards, five raised bands on spine with bright ornate gilt, red morocco label with bright gilt title; interior with marbled end-leaves and no prior ownership designation. A complete and Very Scarce copy of a most unique publication.
In 1859, Lewis Noble set out for Labrador and the Newfoundland coast in company with American landscape artist, Frederick Edwin Church, for the purpose of studying and sketching icebergs. This is the first-person account of that voyage to Battle Harbour and of the return journey by way of the west coast of Newfoundland, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and the Bay of Fundy, with incidental remarks on sealing, missionary activities and native people. “Church’s paintings of the Arctic icebergs, begun on his first trip to the north in 1859, represented in a marine subject Church’s awe of these romantic hinterlands. The more important paintings resulting from the trip are now lost. The sixÂ lithographs, tinted pale green, create the effect of an eerie northern wasteland, but possessing just the dramatic power that the artist sought. To Church the icebergs were symbols of the north. In such subjects he found both an expression of a continental geology and a sense of cosmic meaning.” â€”John Wilmerding, History of American Marine Painting, p. 83; Smith N18; Morgan p. 296; Sabin 55580; Arctic Bibliography 12352.