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Views of Philadelphia. Nos. 1, 3-6 - PHILADELPHIA CHILDS C.G - 1827. 
1827 - CHILDS, C.G. Views of Philadelphia. Numbers 1, 3-6. Philadelphia: C.G. Childs, (1827-30). Five volumes. Octavo, original engraved brown self-wrappers, stitched as issued. Housed together in a custom clamshell box. $3200.First edition of Childs' series of beautifully engraved plates of notable Philadelphia buildings and landscapes, five (of six) parts, Numbers I and III-VI (1827-30), in scarce original wrappers, with 21 full-page tissue-guarded engraved plates, including "Philadelphia from Kensington" after Thomas Birch, and richly detailed engravings of Christ Church, the Schuylkill River, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the U.S. Mint and the Friends Meeting House in Merion.Pennsylvania-born Cephas Grier Childs produced many works of "extremely important Americana. His work in book illustrating alone is pioneer and of utmost importance" (Peters, 136-39). At a turning point in his career, in 1827, Childs "began to issue a set of Views in Philadelphia, engraved in line, by himself and other engravers" (Jackson, Iconography of Philadelphia, 14-15). That set of six parts, of which five are assembled here in scarce original wrappers, featured beautiful engraved views of Philadelphia. Among the outstanding plates included are "Eastern Penitentiary of Pennsylvania," with an accompanying full-page engraved plan, "Christ Church," "View of the Schuylkill," "Philadelphia from Kensington," "Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts" and the "United States Mint." Most plates were engraved by Childs after the work of artists such as Thomas Birch, Thomas Doughty, William G. Mason, Hugh Reinagle, George Lehman and William Strickland (a Philadelphia painter and architect who also designed the United States Mint seen in Volume VI). With tipped-in errata slip (Volume III), advertisement on rear wrapper (Volume I). Each volume with engraved ornamental title on front wrappers. Volume VI with engraved title page, "Directions to the Binder" and "List of Subscribers." Howes C383. Sabin 99588. See Sabin 12731. Owner inscription and owner signatures on front wrappers.Light scattered foxing, minimally affecting some plates, Volume VI respined; occasional light spotting to edges of original wrappers. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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