Views in Philadelphia and its Vicinity, subscriber's copy
Views in Philadelphia and its Vicinity, subscriber's copy
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Views in Philadelphia and its Vicinity, subscriber's copy

C. G. CHILDS, 1827-1830

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Views in Philadelphia and its Vicinity, subscriber's copy
C. G. Childs, 1827-1830
CHILDS, Cephas Grier (1793-1871). Views in Philadelphia and its Vicinity. Philadelphia: CG Childs, 1827-1830.

Subscriber's copy of the first edition, in original parts, of the one of the best American city-view books of the early 19th century—from the library of Jefferson’s private secretary William Short. C.G. Childs was a prominent Philadelphia engraver, who entered the trade at the age of 19 following the death of his parents. The present work was both one of his most noted and his earliest major projects, created to highlight the landmarks of Philadelphia. The National Gazette wrote that “"we have seen no publication of the kind more deserving of the patronage of Pennsylvania, or more likely to succeed in other parts of the Union, particularly the chief cities. We hope that it will be widely spread." Sabin 99588; Snyder pp. 70-71; Howes C383.

Six parts, small folio (280 x 187mm). Engraved title in part 6 and letterpress title in vol 2, 24 engraved plates with tissue guards, engraved diagram of Eastern State Penitentiary, 2 publisher's slips (outer edge of many leaves silked, outer corner of subscriber's leaf repaired, some spotting and dustsoiling throughout). Publisher's original printed wrappers (spines repaired with cloth tape and flyleaves renewed, a little stained and soiled, some wrappers strengthened). In cloth chemise and box. Provenance: William Short, 1759-1849, Thomas Jefferson's private secretary in Paris, and later American minister to France; (stamp "Short Heirs" in part 1) – Transylvania Library (stamps) – Martin Snyder (important Philadelphiana collector, his collection sold en bloc to): – Jay Snider (bookplate).

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