A fascinating way to explore cities is through historic maps and views. It is while deciphering its creation and development that one uncovers the true spirit of a city. American Cities features nine of this country s greatest metropolises; cities that are thriving urban centers today with colorful histories rich in graphic representation: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, St Louis, Chicago, Denver, and San Francisco. Rare or previously unpublished, the maps and views reproduced for each city turn the book into a unique journey of both form and content. An essay by a specialist accompanies each section. The result is a lavish work that pays tribute to the most important and artistic images of America.