New York: H. S. Goodspeed & Co., 1871. Engravings. First Edition [sold only by subscription]. Blind-stamped cloth. Small 4to (7 1/4" x 4 3/4"), blue-black original publisher's blind-stamped cloth with elaborate gilt lettering and embellishments on spine, profusely illustrated with engraved frontispiece & 40 pages of contemporary B&W early printed & newspaper full-page engravings (often double-spreads with multiple images), xiv, [xv-xvi] + 676 pages. Good + / None. Item #3594
SCARCE copiously illustrated Very contemporary overview of the great Chicago fire of 1871 and others. Printed in New York City as--it would seem--there weren't any publishers left able to publish in burned-out Chicago.
Good copy with all dramatic illustrations present and in good condition. No maps! Heavily rubbed and faded with uniform age-toning, occasional light foxing, & small tears on the edges of some pages. Light water-staining mainly affecting margins of pp.381-88. Spines are frayed at top & bottom.
Rev. Edgar Johnson Goodspeed, D.D. (1833-1881) became the prominent Baptist pastor of the
Second Baptist Church of Chicago in 1864-76, after which he was forced to resign due to asthma. He is mentioned in the Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature; and in No. 4. Check List of Chicago Ante-Fire Imprints, #941, which notes the publication of Goodspeed's "Funeral discourse on the death of Abraham Lincoln," delivered at Second Baptist Church. His namesake and very scholarly son became a prominent professor at the University of Chicago.