Thomas Doughty. "Fairmount Water Works from the West Bank of the Schuylkill".
Philadelphia: C.G. Childs, 1828. Octavo. 3 1/2 x 5 (image). Engraving by J. Cone. Very good condition.
Almost three decades after the publication of the first edition of William Birch's City of Philadelphia, Cephas Childs published the second comprehensive series of prints of the city, entitled Views of Philadelphia. Childs, a native of Bucks County, was one of the most prominent American printmakers of his day. He was an expert engraver and publisher, and he later went on to run an important early lithographic firm. The detail and composition of these engravings is excellent, and they provide an fascinating overall view of the city with its new look. See: Snyder, Mirror of America, pp. 70-77.
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