John W. Reps. Views and Viewmakers of Urban America. 1984. Quarto. Hard back. Illustrated.
John W. Reps is the leading scholar on 19th century, Amerian city views and this is his magnum opus. Considers, as the sub-title says, “Lithographs of Towns and Cities in the United States and Canada, Notes on the Artists and Publishers and a Union Catalog of their WOrk, 1825-1925.” The scholarship is impressive, as is the listing of 4480 lithographed views, many bird’s eye views. The definite work on the topic.