Pre-Fire Chicago Map Sells for $200,000 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Reprinted with permission from Fine Books & Collections

J.T. Palmatary’s rare birds-eye view of pre-fire Chicago sold just shy of $200,000 in Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ September 13 Fine Books and Manuscripts auction conducted in Chicago. It was printed in 1857 by Braunhold & Sonne and is one of four known copies. The three other copies are held by the Library of Congress, the Newberry Library and the Chicago History Museum.

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The 1890s were rockin’ times for Chicago.  The World’s Fair in 1893, for example, changed the entire landscape of the city.  Four hundred temporary buildings were erected surrounded by a maze of fake Venetian canals, all lit up by Edison’s bright new bulbs. The event attracted millions of visitors from around the world.  You can read all about it in a great book entitled Devil in the White City.

Meanwhile really big, ‘Chicago style’ steel skyscrapers were soaring up downtown in the Loop, anchored by giant department stores and banks.