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AUCTION 20

63. [MAP]. McDONALD, R. H. R. H. McDonald’s Map of Chicago, with a Correct Outline of the Great Fire, from a Careful Survey by Sharp & Thain, of Chicago. New York: R. B. Thompson & Co., Publishers, 735 Broadway, 1871. [along right margin] Entered According to Act of Congress, in the Year 1871, by R. H. McDonald & R. B. Thompson, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington. [above neat line at lower left] Drawn by Albert L. Rawson. [vignette at top] City Hall. New York, 1871. Lithograph map with section of fire in bright rose coloring. Neat line to neat line: 50.6 x 41 cm. Folded into covers (19.8 x 12.9 cm), original black cloth with gilt lettering on upper cover: R. H. McDonald’s Illustrated History and Map of Chicago and the Great Fire. Bound with text (as issued): R. H. McDonald’s Illustrated History and Map of Chicago, With a History of the Great Fire; Containing Views of Chicago in 1820 and 1871. Photographs of the Public Buildings Burned. Growth and Progress of Chicago from 1774 to 1871. Its Enterprise, With a Record of All the Great Fires of the World. The Map is from an Official Survey of the City as it Was, With a Careful, and Correct Outline of the Burned District. New York: R. B. Thompson & Co., 1872.... 24 pp., 10 text engravings (Chicago in 1820..., Bird’s-eye View of Chicago in 1871—before the Fire, plus 8 scenes of architecture and public works). Covers neatly touched up, gilt-lettering a bit dull, professional reinforcement of some folds on verso (no loss), generally fine, with contemporary signature of Frank Taylor, Jr. With ephemeral newspaper-broadside-map and article with breaking news about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, issued as an extra with No. 95 of Every Saturday.

     Bradford 3142. Eberstadt 133:495. According to the Chicago Public Library on-line catalogue the burnt district is incorrectly indicated. Reps does not list the birds-eye view of Chicago on p. 3 of the text. The broadside, which contains news of the Chicago Fire of 1871, was a complimentary extra from the popular weekly literary periodical Every Saturday, published in Boston (1866-1874) and edited by Edwin Percy Whipple and Thomas Bailey Aldrich. ($600-800)

Sold. Hammer: $1,200.00; Price Realized: $1,410.00

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