J. Thomas Scharf and Thompson Westcott. History of Philadelphia, 1609-1884.
Philadelphia: L. H. Everts & Co., 1884. Three volumes. Octavo. Original brown cloth binding (rehinged) with gilt title on front covers and spines. New pastedowns and endpapers. Top page edges gilt. Howes, S-145.
Published in three volumes comprising 2,399 pages organized in 59 chapters, Scharf & Westcott's massive work is the standard reference for Philadelphia history up to its date of publication. It contains over 430 illustrations, including portraits, parks, houses, businesses, institutions, and the like. While some illustrations were small wood engravings set within the text, others were fine full page engravings.