Chicago: J.M. Wing, 1873. ,9-245pp. plus one leaf of chromolithographic printing ads. Hundreds of woodcuts in text. Large folio. Original gilt pictorial publisher's cloth, neatly rebacked, with original spine laid down. Corners lightly worn, cloth lightly faded and soiled. Several leaves with mild to moderate edge tears. Still a very good copy of a scarce book. Item #WRCAM51618
A large-scale illustrated production showcasing the rebuilding of Chicago after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Filled with advertisements, the book features large woodcuts - single and double-page - highlighting the premier businesses of the city. Among those featured is the Palmer House; Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co.; Lakeside Publishing; the Grand Pacific Hotel; Coan & Ten Broeke Carriage Manufacturing; the suburbs of Evanston and Hinsdale; McVicker's Theater; and many more. Lists of the illustrations and advertisers are also included. The lavish production is a testament to the resilience and determination of the Windy City to bounce back after disaster and claim its place as the heart of the Midwest. Scarce, with only one copy appearing in auction records for the last forty years, and that substantially incomplete.