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Bird's Eye Views:
Historic Lithographs of North American Cities

by John W. Reps

Copyright 1998, Princeton Architectural Press
115 pages, Hardcover, 13"x15"

From the front dust jacket flap:
As new towns and cities spread across the American frontier in the 19th century, itinerant artists soon followed, documenting these growing urban centers by drawing aerial perspectives, also known as Bird's Eye Views.  Commissioned by land speculators, local businesses, civic organizations, and individual citizens, these renderings fostered both civic pride and local commerce.  The use of color lithography, a recent invention popularized by such prominent publishers as Currier & Ives, allowed the inexpensive reproduction of the highest-quality drawings, so that a bird' eye view was within the financial budget of even the smallest town.  These extraordinarily detailed lithographs eventually numbered in the thousands and now serve as a rich pictorial record of North America as it stood a century ago.

This sequel to our highly acclaimed title An Atlas of Rare City Maps collects over 100 views dating between 1838 and 1908, showing the streets, buildings, churches, bridges, waterways, and surrounding countryside of North American towns, ranging from burgeoning metropolitan centers to small logging towns and mining camps.  Baltimore, Denver, Indianapolis, Memphis, Montreal, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Syracuse, and Washington are just a few of the cities presented in this collection.  The exquisite color and fine detail of these bird's eye views have been reproduced in all their original glory and anointed with interesting stories and facts; also included is an introduction by John W. Reps providing a background on the artistic process of viewmaking and on urban development in the 19th century.

From the back cover:
Featuring lithographed views of the following cities in the United States and Canada:

East
New Haven (CT), Washington, D.C., Annapolis (MD), Baltimore (MD), Saco (ME), Boston (MA), Gloucester (MA), Holyoke (MA), Newark (NJ), Ocean Grove (NJ), Halifax (NS), Buffalo (NY), Cooperstown (NY), New York (NY), Syracuse (NY), London (ON), Toronto (ON), Ford City (PA), Harrisburg (PA), Philadelphia (PA), Pittsburgh (PA), Montreal (PQ), Quebec (PQ), Newport (RI)

South
Birmingham (AL), Little Rock (AR), Pensacola (FL), Jacksonville (FL), Atlanta (GA), Savannah (GA), Lexington (KY), Louisville (KY), New Orleans (LA), Raleigh (NC), Charleston (SC), Memphis (TN), Chattanooga (TN), Alexandria (VA)

Midwest
Chicago (IL), Springfield (IL), Indianapolis (IN), South Bend (IN), Davenport (IA), Dubuque (IA), Ann Arbor (MI), Minneapolis (MN), St. Paul (MN), Hannibal (MO), St, Louis (MO), Cincinnati (OH), Cleveland (OH), Columbus (OH), Sandusky (OH), Lacrosse (WI), Madison (WI), Milwaukee (WI)

Plains/Rockies
Colorado Springs (CO), Cripple Creek (CO), Denver (CO), Moscow (ID), Great Bend (KS), Lawrence (KS), Winnipeg (MB), Helena (MT), Lincoln (NE), Omaha (NE), Bismarck (ND), Oklahoma City (OK), Aberdeen (SD), Austin (TX), Fort Worth (TX), Houston (TX), Salt Lake (UT), Cheyenne (WY)

West
Phoenix (AZ), Prescott (AZ), Vancouver (BC), Victoria (BC), Los Angeles (CA), Shasta (CA), Sacramento (CA), San Diego (CA), San Francisco (CA), San Jose (CA), Santa Barbara (CA), Reno (NV), Virginia City (NV), Albuquerque (NM), Santa Fe (NM), Portland (OR), Seattle (WA), Dawson (YK)

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