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Caldwell's Illustrated Historical Centennial Atlas of Washington Count
1877. CALDWELL, J.A. Caldwell's Illustrated Historical Centennial Atlas of Washington County. By J. A. Caldwell. 228 pp. Illustrated with over 100 maps and views. Tall folio, 445 x 355 mm, bound in original publisher's boards, rebacked in black cloth with a red cloth label. Pittsburgh: Otto Krebs, 1876.An impressive example of nineteenth-century American naive bookmaking at its very best, engraved, lithographed and printed by Otto Krebs, the prolific illustrator of Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania during this period of great industrial and agricultural growth in the region. There are five large maps; one each of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, two of Washington County, one of Pennsylvania and one of the United States. There are also 44 maps of towns and villages, 31 maps of townships.However, the most intriguing element of the atlas is the presence of over 228 views of farms, factories, stores and churches which offer a unique vision of all aspects of life in 19th century Pennsylvania. Pastoral scenes of rolling farm country populated by farmers, men and women in horse drawn carriages, churchgoers, sheep, cows, and all elements of agricultural industry enliven these quintessential lithographs of nineteenth-century Americana.Uncommon in US institutions, with only 9 recorded in OCLC. Most copies having been segmented for the attractive individual views and framed separately. Subject to a facsimile edition in 1976. With several small professional paper repairs to margins, but still a very good copy of a book rarely found in acceptable condition.
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