CHILDS, Cephas Grier (1793-1871). Views in Philadelphia, and its Vicinity; Engraved from Original Drawings. Philadelphia: C.G. Childs, 1827-1830.
Small folio. 10 3/41 x 7 2/8 inches). 3-page list of subscribers at end. Engraved title-page, and 24 engraved plates and one engraved plan after Birch, Doughty, Strickland, Haviland and Leaman. Half polished calf over cloth, spine elaborately tooled and gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers and paper edge (extremities scuffed, covers a bit rubbed, covers detached). First edition, dedication to the Historical Society of Philadelphia. Bound from the original parts issued to subscribers between November 1827 and November 1830. Childs’ renowned ‘contained views of major sites in the city, each rendered by a prominent American artist or architect, including Thomas Doughty, George and William Strickland, Thomas Sully, John Haviland, Thomas Birch and George Lehman. Many new buildings had been erected in the years since the turn of the century, and Childs' detailed prints provide a precious view of many of these. The detail and composition of the engravings is excellent, and they provide an fascinating overall view of the city…’ (Snyder). "Philadelphia can boast of many beautiful scenes in its immediate neighborhood, and contains finer specimens of Architectural taste than any city on the American continent. Her edifices for the promotion of domestic comfort, of art and science, charity and religion, are nowhere surpassed ... perhaps no one departs without wishing to possess some permanent memorial of our City and its Institutions. To furnish such a memorial is the publisher's object" (Childs, from the original subscription book). John Joseph Borrie (1776 -1834) was a prominent Philadelphia businessman, who emigrated from France to America in the early 1800s. With his son he owned an import, export trading house, and with his brother-in-law the large cotton mill. For more information, please contact Natalie Zadrozna at Arader Galleries NY.