Panorama and Views of Philadelphia
Panorama and Views of Philadelphia

JOHN CASPAR WILD, 1838

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Panorama and Views of Philadelphia
John Caspar Wild, 1838
WILD, John Caspar (1804-1846). [Panorama and Views of Philadelphia, and its vicinity. Embracing a Collection of Twenty Views, drawn on stone. Philadelphia: J.B. Chevalier, 1838.]

A scarce American view book. "As a historical record of the city, more than half the plates depict subjects not recorded in the earlier books of Philadelphia views ... Wild's views must be placed Second to Birch's among early Philadelphia picture books" (Snyder). This was the artist's first published work, providing a successful model for future projects, including his famous Valley of the Mississippi (see lot 183). This copy is lacking the four panorama plates, as often; they are not listed in the contents on the upper wrapper. Howes W-410 ("c" without the panoramas); Sabin 103971; see Martin P. Snyder, "J. C. Wild and His Philadelphia Views," in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 77.1 (1953), pp. 32-75.

Quarto (344 x 268mm). 20 plates (lacking title page and 4 panoramas; some spotting). Contemporary pebbled cloth, original front wrapper bound in (wrapper a bit stained, spine rubbed).

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