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AUCTION 20

Chicago after the Great Fire

42. [MAP]. BLANCHARD, Rufus. Blanchard’s Guide Map of Chicago. Published by Rufus Blanchard, 132 Clark Street. 1873 [below title are symbols for] Rail Roads...Horse R. Roads [and] The Dotted Line...Shows the limits of the great fires October 7th 8th & 9th 1871. [map verso with large-type advertising] All the Advantages of Modern Improvements! For the Comfort and Safety of Travelers are Secured by those who purchase Tickets via Lake Shore & Mich. Southern R’y.... [Chicago], 1873. Lithograph map on bank note paper, full original hand coloring, outlining in rose. Neat line to neat line: 51 x 38.9 cm. Folded into pocket covers (14.8 x 10 cm), original dark green cloth with gilt lettering on upper cover: New Map of Chicago. Gilbert Hubbard & Co. Dealers in Twines & Cordage, Nos. 226, 228 & 230 South Water Street, Chicago. Bound with text (as issued): Merchants’ New Map of Chicago and City Street Guide. Chicago: Published by Relyea & Gilbert, No. 51 South Canal Street, 1873. [21 (ads, including front paste down)], 13 [1 (List of Advertisers)], [1 (lower pastedown with ad for S. H. Kerfoot & Co.)] pp. Covers lightly abraded (more noticeable on lower cover), one ad browned, text block split (but holding), map with inconsequential browning at some folds, overall fine.

     This is another version of Blanchard’s touchstone street map of Chicago (see preceding entry), here showing the city rising like a phoenix after the Great Fire of 1871, which destroyed nearly 2,000 acres, caused $200 million in damage, and left one third of the city's inhabitants homeless. It is instructive to compare the preceding map with the present one, which outlines the extent of the fire and shows changes, including new additions, developments, many business establishments, revamping of park system, etc. The ads include E. Blatchford & Co. (lead), Charles H. Case Insurance Agency, Hall, Kimbark & Co. (hardware), Inman Line Royal Mail Steamers, Jones & Laughlin Iron Works, N. Sherwood & Co. Wholesale Teas, Home Sewing Machines, Gilbert and Hubbard (twines & cordage), etc. ($500-1,000)

Sold. Hammer: $3,400.00; Price Realized: $3,995.00

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