Wood-engravings by 19th-century master illustrator, Alexander Anderson that are pasted into a set of 12 scrapbook albums together containing thousands of images. As the prints are proofs and represent a virtual complete catalog of the artist's work, it is assumed they came directly from Anderson's descendants to the Library, where they were re-bound in 1954. There are very general subject indexes at the beginning of each of the twelve scrapbooks; there is also a very basic subject index in the Print Collection files.
Biographical/historical: Alexander Anderson (1775-1870) is considered one of America’s earliest and finest wood-engravers and was a New York physician active during the city's Yellow Fever epidemics. He developed the technique of wood engraving in the United States soon after Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) invented the technique in England. During a career spanning seventy years, he produced a large number of illustrations for books, periodicals, newspapers, and other commercial ephemera, after both his own designs and those of other artists.
Content: MEYI Alexander Anderson Scrapbooks tk # vols (and) MEM A545 AA Alexander Anderson tk # vols (Lenox Library. Duykinck Coll) -- source of others may be same
Extent: 12 scrapbooks (approximately 100 pages per scrapbook) ; 13 ¼ x 11 in.