SMITH, R.A. Smith's illustrated Guide to and through Laurel Hill Cemetery With a Glance at Celebrated Tombs and Burying-Places, Ancient and Modern-an Historical Sketch of the Cemeteries of Philadelphia-an Essay on Monumental Architecture, and a Tour Up the Schuylkill. 147, 53 pp. Illustrated with a coloured map with 17 full-page plates and numerous illustrations throughout. Large 8vo., bound in publisher's decorated cloth, front cover bearing gilt scene of angel with other death-motifs, back cover has same motif blind-stamped. Philadelphia: Willis P. Hazard, 1852.
This heavily illustrated guide contains views of various monuments and views found in Laurel Hill Cemetery as well as notable buildings and views of Philadelphia. "Laurel Hill was not only established as a permanent, non-sectarian burial place for the dead, but also as a scenic, riverside sanctuary for the living… After the land purchase, an informal competition was held to choose a designer for Laurel Hill, through which Scottish architect John Notman was selected. Notman conceived of the Cemetery as an estate garden, based in part on English ideas of planned landscapes as transitions between art and nature" (thelaurelhillcemetery.com). Some water-staining to back cover, else in fine condition.
Item nr. 141101