DRY, Camille N. Pictorial St. Louis: The Great Metropolis of the Mississippi Valley. A Topographical Survey Drawn in Perspective A.D. 1875. Edited by Richard J. Compton. St. Louis: Compton & Company, 1876. 1st ed. Oblong folio. 215pp. Lithographic frontis., full-page key map, view, and 110 lithographed plates (most included in pagination). Rebacked, original gilt-decorated cloth laid down, housed in custom cloth clamshell box with brown morocco label on front. Cloth lightly rubbed, else a very good copy. HOWES C-655, "b." Reps, Saint Louis Illustrated pp.126-53. "The publication is a tour de force. The detail is minute. Drawing the hundreds of structures in the business district alone at this scale and with such apparent accuracy would have been an accomplishment beyond any reasonable expectation"-Reps "The preliminary drawings for this work were made early in the spring of 1874. After a careful consideration of the subject, it was determined to locate the point of view so that the city would be seen from the southeast, believing that to be the most advantageous in all respects ... A careful perspective, which required a surface of three hundred square feet, was then erected from a correct survey of the city, extending from the Arsenal Island to the Water Works, a distance of about ten miles, on the water front; and from the Insane Asylum on the southwest to the Cemeteries on the northwest. Every foot of this vast territory within these limits has been carefully examined and topographically drawn in perspective, by Mr. C.N. Dry and his assistants, and the faithfulness and accuracy with which this work has been done an examination of the pages will attest"-Preface.