William Russell Birch. "High Street, with the First Presbyterian Church. Taken down in 1820. Philadelphia". From The City of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia: W. Birch, 1828. Fourth Edition. 8 1/2 x 11 1/4 (image). Engraving. Margins trimmed to just outside plate mark with minor chipping into plate mark lower right. Else, very good condition.
When issued in 1800, William Birch's prints of Philadelphia formed the first series of views of any American city. As the first comprehensive picture of an American city, illustrating its buildings and street life, this work is of great historical importance. The first edition, published in 1800, included 27 plates was a great success and this prompted a second edition that was issued in 1804. The second edition contained one completely new plate, six revised plates, and thirteen modified plates. A third edition was issued in 1809 and a final edition with eleven modified plates and three new plates appeared in 1827-1828, again engraved and published by Birch. This appealing glimpse of High Street shows The First Presbyterian Church, built in 1793-1794 from designs of John Trumbull and demolished about 1822.
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