Published by Pennsylvania State University Press in conjunction with the Library Company of Philadelphia, and containing chapters by both of the Philadelphia Print Shop partners, Christopher W. Lane and Donald H. Cresswell, this is the first book in over fifty years to examine its subject. Heavily illustrated, this capstone to the Library Company's multifaceted Philadelphia on Stone project comprises eight thematic essays covering social, economic and technological changes in the local trade of its time period, along with biographies of P.S. Duval and James Queen, providing new insights about genres of lithographs pertaining to book illustration, advertising, sensational news, and landscape imagery. $49.95
Some Account of the Singular Beginnings of Philadelphia. (Also known as The Beginnings of Philadelphia in the Province of Pennsylvania, 1682.)
Grant Miles Simon. Philadelphia: The Carpenters' Company & The American Institute of Architects Philadelphia Chapter, 1957. Paper. Eighteen lithographs, ca. 9 1/4 x 6 7/8, plus ten small illustrations. Excellent condition.
With illustrations of twenty-eight structures dating from the early years of colonial Philadelphia, including homes, government and commercial buildings, houses of worship and the like, this book from the period of the "Philadelphia Renaissance" of the 1950s was intended to stimulate among area citizens respect and appreciation for the city's architectural heritage.
Grant Miles Simon (1888 – 1967) was educated in Philadelphia where he received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. Shortly thereafter he won the Paris Prize in a national competition and went to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts for further study in architecture. Simon traveled throughout Europe studying and painting in Rome and Spain. When he returned to Philadelphia, he entered an architectural partnership with his brother, and their firm became one of the largest in the city at that time. They designed and built such buildings as the Fidelity Bank at Broad and Walnut, the Manufacturing Club, the University Club, and other industrial and residential buildings. During the depression Simon's business failed and he returned to painting. His work can be found in the collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Atwater Kent Museum, and the Library of Congress. He was chairman of the Philadelphia Historical Commission, and with Harry M. and Margaret B. Tinkcom authored Historic Germantown From the Founding to the Early Part of the Nineteenth Century. A Survey of the German Township in 1955. $45
Thomas Holme. 1624-1695. Surveyor General of Pennsylvania.
Irma Corcoran. Philadelphia, 1992. Cloth.
A full biography and analysis of Holme as surveyor and colonial entrepreneur. $40.00
PRINTS OF PHILADELPHIA
...FEATURING THE WOHL COLLECTION.
Christopher W. Lane and Donald H. Cresswell. Philadelphia, 1990. Paper.
Describes prints of Philadelphia from the 18th century through the 1930's. $18.00
Made in America. Printmaking 1760-1860.
The Library Company of Philadelphia and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, 1973. Paper. Out of print.
Exhibit catalogue packed with interesting information. $12.50
Birch's Views of Philadelphia. Two Hundredth Anniversary Edition.
S. Robert Teitelman. Philadelphia, 2000. Cloth.
A reduced facsimile of William Russell Birch's The City of Philadelphia . . . as it appeared in the Year 1800. The twenty-seven engravings are reproduced in full color, with accompanying photographs of the sites as they appeared in 1960 and in 2000. $45.00
Philadelphia's Cultural Landscape. The Sartain Family Legacy.
Katharine Martinez and Page Talbott, eds. Philadelphia, 2000. Cloth.
From 1830 to 1930, Sartain family members were prominent in the fields of printmaking, education, and art administration. Patriarch John was a well-respected engraver; his daughter Emily founded the art school for women now known as Moore College of Art and Design. Friends and colleagues included Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins and Edgar Allan Poe. This compelling group of essays examines the work of this active family of artist-educators. $64.50
Martin P. Snyder. City of Independence. New York, 1975. Cloth. Out of print. The definitive book on maps and views of Philadelphia before 1800. $45.00
MIRROR OF AMERICA.
THE DEVELOPING LIFE OF PHILADELPHIA SEEN IN ENGRAVINGS, 1801-1876.
Martin P. Snyder. Philadelphia, 1996. Paper.
This self-published sequel to Snyder's City of Independence, with numerous black & white photocopy images, is the definitive book on engravings of Philadelphia from the beginning of the nineteenth century up to the Centennial. The book includes insightful text on the prints and an impressive catalogue of 800 engravings on copper and steel. $40.00
Philadelphia in the Romantic Age of Lithography.
Nicholas B. Wainwright. Philadelphia, 1970. Cloth. Out of print.
The definitive work on early lithography in Philadelphia. Includes a descriptive list of Philadelphia scenes made by Philadelphia lithographers before 1866. Illustrated. $95.00
Jefferson M. Moak. Philadelphia, 1976. Paper.
A listing of mapmakers located in the Independence Mall area from 1860-1890. $6.00
SEARCHING FOR PHILADELPHIA: THE CONCEALED CITY.
David S. Traub. Philadelphia, 2013. Cloth.
With ninety-six captioned photosgraphs, most created for an exhibit in 1981, the author/photographer explores less seen architectural treasures in seven categories: Alluring Entryways, Narrow Streets, Walkways, Hidden Courtyards, Secret Gardens, Tiny Parks, and Unnoticed Buildings. $24.95
HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE IN NORTHWEST PHILADELPHIA 1690-1930s.
Joseph Minardi. Atglen, PA, 2012. Cloth.
Gorgeously illustrated with many full color photographs, this book comprises seven chapters: A Brief History of the German Township; The Wissahickon Valley; Stenton, the Logan Family Mansion; Germantown; Mount Airy; Chestnut Hill; and, Biographies of Selected Architects and Firms. Nearly 750 modern day and archival images explore 450 structures from Wayne Junction in Germantown to Northwest Avenue in Chestnut Hill, illustrating the Georgian, Colonial and Federal styles of the 18th and early 19th centuries, the Revival of those styles, and the later Italianate, Second Empire and Romantic Eclecticism styles. $50.00
PHILADELPHIA, A 300-YEAR HISTORY.
Russell F. Weigley, editor. New York, 1982. Cloth.
A readable, yet scholarly history of the City of Brotherly Love. Uses old prints and maps well. $35.00
Historic Philadelphia From the Founding Until the Early Nineteenth Century: Papers Dealing with its People and Buildings with an Illustrative Map. Luther P. Eisenhart, Editor. Volume 43, part 1 of the Transactions of the American Philosophical Society. Philadelphia, 1953. Cloth. Out of print.
With twenty seven essays and a map, this well-illustrated book explores the most historic portion of the city. $35.00
Nineteenth-Century Photography in Philadelphia: 250 Historic Prints from The Library Company of Philadelphia. Kenneth Finkel. New York, 1980. Paper. Out of print.
Illustrating five distinct classes of images (people, places, objects, events, views), this book forms a comparative framework that helps in the understanding of the developing city as well as the evolution of photographic intent. $20.00
Philadelphia Architecture in the Nineteenth Century. Theo B. White. Editor. Philadelphia, 1953. Cloth. Out of print.
In 105 plates, this book studies Philadelphia architecture from William Strickland and Benjamin Latrobe to Frank Furness and Wilson Eyre. $35.00
First City: Philadelphia and the Forging of Historical Memory.
Gary B. Nash. Philadelphia, 2002. Cloth.
In this book an acclaimed historian examines the complex process of memory making in this most historic of American cities. Contains 138 illustrations. $39.95
Independence: A Guide to Historic Philadelphia.
George W. Boudreau. Yardley, PA, 2012. Cloth.
Walking its readers through the lives of residents and visitors to the Revolutionary-era city, and richly illustrated with both new photography and an amazing array of early American art compiled from many sources (including the Philadelphia Print Shop), this book offers a vivid story for general readers as well as enriches the experience of visitors to the historic sites of Philadelphia up through the Federal period when the city served as our nation's capital. $24.95
Metropolitan Paradise: The Struggle for Nature in the City, Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley, 1620-2020.
David Contosta and Carol Franklin. Philadelphia, 2010. Four paperbound boxed volumes.
At 976 pages and with 1300 images, this book explores the struggle to establish and maintain connected natural systems within Philadelphia, offering the preservation and restoration of the Wissahickon Valley as a model for cities nationwide and worldwide. $85.00
Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth.
Randall M. Miller and William Pencak, eds. University Park and Harrisburg, 2002. Cloth.
The first comprehensive history of the state in three decades, offering fresh perspectives by a wide range of respected scholars. Illustrated with contemporary source materials including many antique prints and maps. $49.95
Germantown in the Civil War.
Eugene G. Stackhouse. Charleston, S.C., 2010. Paper.
Published with the support of the Germantown Historical Society, this intimate and sharply focused account commemorates the wartime sacrifices of the proud citizenry in this Philadelphia neighborhood community. $21.99
Wicked Philadelphia: Sin in the City of Philadelphia.
Thomas H. Keels. Charleston, SC., 2010. Paper.
In this informative and entertaining book, local author Thomas H. Keels unearths Philadelphia's most scintillating scandals and corrupt characters. Temporarily Out of Stock
The History of Penn Treaty Park.
Kenneth W. Milano. Charleston, SC., 2009. Paper.
The story of William Penn's Treaty with the Indians has become iconic in American history and art. In this book, Kensington neighborhood historian Kenneth W. Milano chronicles the community's efforts to memorialize the Treaty site through the construction of the Park. $19.99
Forgotten Philadelphia: Lost Architecture of the Quaker City.
Thomas H. Keels. Philadelphia, 2007. Cloth.
Using photographs, drawings, prints, maps and architectural plans, this book provides a richly illustrated survey of historic Philadelphia landmarks that have succumbed to the ravages of time and changing tastes. $40.00
Philadelphia Then and Now.
Edward Arthur Mauger. San Diego, 2002. Cloth.
A look at Philadelphia by comparing 70 historic black and white photographs with 70 contemporary color photographs of the same scenes, accompanied by captions describing the development of this historic city. $19.95
Images of America: INDEPENDENCE HALL and the LIBERTY BELL.
Robert W. Sands, Jr. and Alexander B. Bartlett. Charleston, S.C., 2012. Paper.
With images from Independence National Historical Park, the Philadelphia Department of Records and collections around the country, this book illustrates how Philadelphia's – and the nation's – most historic building and most iconic treasure generate a sense of pride, patriotism and reverence for America's freedom. $21.99
Images of America: PHILADELPHIA'S GOLDEN AGE OF RETAIL.
Lawrence M. Arrigale and Thomas H. Keels. Charleston, SC, 2012. Paper.
For a century after the Civil War, Philadelphia's thriving middle class made the city a mercantile mecca, home to some of America's largest and most innovative department and specialty stores, which are recalled by the many photographs in this book. $21.99
Images of America: PHILADELPHIA'S 1876 CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION.
Linda P. Gross and Theresa R. Snyder. Charleston, SC, 2005. Paper.
Views of the history, buildings and exhibits on display at the celebration of the United States' Centennial in 1876, held in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. $19.99
Images of Rail: PHILADELPHIA TROLLEYS.
Allen Meyers and Joel Spivak. Charleston, SC, 2003. Paper.
Pictorial history of Philadelphia trolleys from the 1850s to the present day, including rare photos. $19.99
Images of America: PHILADELPHIA GRAVEYARDS and CEMETERIES.
Thomas H. Keels. Charleston, SC, 2003. Paper.
A fascinating chronicle of the rise, fall, and resurrection of Philadelphia's many historic burial places, copiously illustrated with contemporary photographs. $19.99
Images of America: CENTER CITY PHILADELPHIA IN THE 19TH CENTURY.
The Print and Photograph Department of the Library Company of Philadelphia. Charleston, SC, 2006. Paper.
Using images by photographers whose works are preserved in the rich collections of the Library Company of Philadelphia, this book highlights the buildings, people and activities of Philadelphia's center city from the 1840s through the end of the 19th Century. $21.99
Images of America. CHESTNUT HILL.
Thomas H. Keels and Elizabeth Farmer Jarvis. Charleston, S.C., 2002. Paper.
Photographs of historic sites, organizations and individuals from the archives of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, with descriptive captions. $21.99
Images of America. CHESTNUT HILL REVISITED.
Elizabeth Farmer Jarvis for the Chestnut Hill Historical Society. Charleston, S.C., 2004. Paper.
More photographs of historic sites, organizations and individuals from the archives of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, with descriptive captions. $21.99
Postcard History Series: PHILADELPHIA'S FAIRMOUNT PARK.
James D. Ristine. Charleston, SC, 2005. Paper.
A nostalgic view of Philadelphia's four thousand acre park as it was enjoyed by visitors during the first quarter of the Twentieth Century. $19.99
Images of America. GERMANTOWN, MOUNT AIRY, and CHESTNUT HILL.
Judith Callard. Charleston, S.C., 2000. Paper.
Photographs of historic sites, organizations, and individuals from the archives of the Germantown Historical Society, with descriptive captions. $21.99
For each copy we sell, the Philadelphia Print Shop will donate $ 2 to the Germantown Historical Society.
Images of America: MANAYUNK.
Thom Nickels. Charleston, SC., 2001. Paper.
Photographs of historic sites, organizations, and individuals from the old mill neighborhood, before its recent transformation with new restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Temporarily Out of Stock
Postcard History Series: EASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY REVISITED.
Andrew Mark Herman. Charleston, SC, 2005. Paper.
Postcard views of Eastern Montgomery County from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. $19.99
Images of America: MOUNT AIRY.
Elizabeth Farmer Jarvis. Charleston, S.C., 2008. Paper.
The development of one of Philadelphia's most historic neighborhoods explained by photographs with descriptive captions. $21.99
Images of America. PLYMOUTH AND WHITEMARSH TOWNSHIPS.
David R. Contosta and Gail C. Momjian for the Plymouth Meeting Historical Society. Charleston, S.C., 2003. Paper.
Historical photographs of Plymouth and Whitemarsh's villages, schools, commerce, public servants and post World War II development with descriptive captions. $21.99
Images of America. SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, MONTGOMERY COUNTY.
Charles G. and Edward C. Zwicker with the Springfield Township Historical Society. Charleston, S.C., 2002. Paper.
Photographs of historic sites, organizations, and individuals from the archives of the Springfield Township Historical Society, with descriptive captions. $19.99
Postcard History Series: ALONG THE WISSAHICKON CREEK.
Andrew Mark Herman. Charleston, SC, 2004. Paper.
A delightful journey through time in the Wissahickon valley via picture postcards of the 19th and 20th centuries. $19.99
Wyndmoor Hose Company No. 1: A Centennial History.
Wyndmoor Hose Company. Wyndmoor, PA, 2007. Paper.
Heavily illustrated history of 100 years of volunteer fire service for a suburban community in Springfield Township, Montgomery County, immediately adjacent to Philadelphia. $20.00
Other Reference Book Pages
Visit our gallery of views of Philadelphia.
Go to page with rare books related to Philadelphia
For more information call, write, fax or e-mail to:
8441 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118 USA
(215) 242-4750 [Phone]
(215) 242-6977 [Fax]
©The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd. Last updated June 19, 2014