1872 Harper's Weekly View of Boston in Ruins After Great Fire


1872 Harper's Weekly View of Boston in Ruins After Great Fire


The ruins of Boston after the 1872 Great Fire.


Boston - General View of the Ruins, From the West Side of Washington Street - The Old South Church and the 'Transcript' Building in the Foreground.
  1872 (dated)     10 x 14 in (25.4 x 35.56 cm)


A dramatic journalistic view of Boston, Massachusetts, this work was prepared by Harper's Weekly to illustrate the Great Boston Fire of 1872. Issued just three weeks after the tragic fire (November 7-8, 1872), this work is one of the first publications to illustrate the fire's fury and devastation. With the Old South Church and the 'Transcript' Building in the foreground, the ruins of Boston loom in the distance, gray shells that used to be houses, businesses, and other buildings vital to the life of the city.
Publication History and Census
This view was created for Harper's Weekly and published in the November 30, 1872 edition.


Harper and Brothers (1917 – Present) is New York based American printing publishing firm founded in 1817 by James Harper and his brother John Harper as J. and J. Harper (1817-1833). Their younger brothers Joseph Wesley Harper and Fletcher Harper joined the company around 1926 prompting the 1833 imprint change to Harper and Brothers (1833 – 1962). The firm published countless books, magazines, prints, maps, and more. They began publishing a monthly magazine, Harper's Monthly in 1850. The success of Harper's Monthly led to the introduction of a popular weekly illustrated journal, Harper's Weekly published from 1857 - 1916. They later introduced Harper's Bazar (1867) and Harper's Young People (1879). From about 1899 the business went through a series of permutations selling off some assets and developing others. The company merged with Row, Peters and Company inn 1962, rebranding itself as Harper and Row (1962 – 1990), which was acquired by Marshall Pickering in 1988. It was acquired by Rupert Mordoch (News Corp) and merged with William Collins and Sons in 1990 to form HaprerCollins (1990 – Present), the imprint under which it still publishes. Their original offices were at 331 Franklin Street, roughly below today's Manhattan Bridge. Today they have many offices and are one of the world's largest publishing companies and one of the 'Big Five' English-language publishers.


Harper's Weekly, November 30, 1872, p 396-97.    


Very good. Even overall toning. Light soiling. Text on verso.