The City of Philadelphia, second edition
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WILLIAM BIRCH, 1804

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The City of Philadelphia, second edition
William Birch, 1804
Birch, William (1755-1834). The City of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania North America; as it appeared in the Year 1800. Springland, Pennsylvania: W. Birch, 31 December 1800 [but 1804].

The revised second edition of Birch's views, including the Market Street Permanent Bridge, which was still under construction at the time of the first edition’s publication four years earlier. It also includes re-engravings to six plates: the interior of High Street Market, Congress Hall, the State House Garden, the Bank of Pennsylvania, the Jail, and the completed Chesnut Street Theatre, which bears the name of the engraver (and performer) George Fox. In all, the second edition contains the above seven new views, as well as second states of the title, frontispiece, plan and eleven other plates and a third state of High Street from Country Market-place. The second edition garnered more than 120 new subscribers, including Stephen Girard and Robert Fulton, and almost 300 in total. "Publication of the second edition of the Philadelphia Views brought the work to its high point" (Snyder, William Birch: His Philadelphia Views). No other copies of the second edition have appeared at auction in the last quarter century and OCLC records only the copy at Winterthur. This copy is from the libraries of Martin Snyder and Florence Foerderer Tonner of Glen Foerd. Tonner's extensive library included a large collection of William Blake (now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art). Howes B-459 ("d"); Federal Hundred 79; Stamped with a National Character 1 (1st ed).

Oblong folio 360 x 430mm. Engraved title, plan, 20 plates, and subscriber list (one plate with a little creasing, one with repaired tear to lower margin). (Partial prospectus tipped in to front endpaper.) Later morocco gilt by C.G. Mensing (stain to spine). Provenance: Florence Foerderer Tonner, 1882-1971 (bookplate; Philadelphia collector and philanthropist) – Martin Snyder (important Philadelphiana collector, his collection sold en bloc to): – Jay Snider (bookplate; Bloomsbury, his sale, 19 November 2008, lot 211).

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