Lithographed View of the Portland Fire of 1866
Joseph E. Baker. Ruins of the Great Fire at Portland, Maine. New York and Boston: Bufford Brothers and Portland: S. B. Beckett, 1866. John Reps, Views and Viewmakers of Urban America 1236.
This hand colored lithographed view of Portland shows the remains of the
portion of the city destroyed by a fire that lasted for two days in July
1866. AAS has three editions of Abner Warren Harmon's The Great
Conflagration in Portland, July 4, 1866, which details some of the
losses. For example, half of the churches were destroyed, as were all
of the banks and newspaper offices. The fire started around 5 p.m.,
probably in a boat shop on Commercial Street. Baker is best known for
his portrait prints; this view is an unusual subject for him.
Purchased from Boston Rare Maps. Various Funds.
-Georgia B. Barnhill, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts
"One day I am visited by a collector of ordination sermons; the next, by
a collector of 4th of July orations; then comes a collector of geography;
another wants religious newspapers; another wants every book printed in
New York before 1700. I accommodate myself to all; for I want every thing
and collect every thing, and I have more zeal than the whole of them: and
in this way I am kept very busy."
~Christopher Columbus Baldwin
3rd Librarian of AAS