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Scenes in Philadelphia. Appleton & Co, 1872. $125.00

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"Scenes in Philadelphia"

A composite view including "Market Street, Looking down from Sixth Street," "Girard College," "Arch Street. Looking up," "Philadelphia from Independence Hall, Looking East," "Chestnut Street Looking up from Independence Hall," and "Chestnut Street, looking down from Ninth Street." A finely detailed wood engraving from Picturesque America, or the Land We Live In, published in New York by D. Appleton and Company between 1872 and 1874. The text was edited by the notable William Cullen Bryant but the book is best known and most highly valued for its illustrations. The illustrators usually traveled to the sites they were to depict so their engravings were accurate, if somewhat idealized. Picturesque America was a very influential work, proudly displayed on the parlor tables in the homes of the well-to-do across the country.

9 x 12 3/4 inches, sheet.
Hand colored wood engraving.
Very good condition with light overall patina.