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Auction 130, Lot 279

"Balloon View - Boston Harbor",

Subject: Boston, Massachusetts

Period: 1879 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

17.5 x 11 inches
44.5 x 27.9 cm
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The pocket view is a spectacular and scarce "balloon view" of Boston Harbor which folds into soft covers which carries the same title. This is a true stone lithograph with the stone's texture clearly visible. As a pilot I can say the prospective suggests the balloon was very high, at least 15,000 feet, or else some artistic license was used in its creation. The view is looking south across the harbor to Cohasset with Boston in the foreground. Locates Lynn, Nahant, Squantum, Long Island, etc. There are five small illustrations in the lower corners: Lovell's Grove; Taft's Hotel Pt. Shirley; Downers Landing; Boston Light (with a fine cutter in the foreground); and Cohasset. Numerous railroads shown and steamship routes are noted via dotted line. The publisher has added via blue stamp "Downer's Landing" near Hingham. Drawn by F.K. Rogers. Imprint below neatline "Copyright 1879, by J.H. Daniels, Boston" with his address given on the cover as 223 Washington Street. Blank verso. A scarce issue with only a couple examples located in institutions.

References: Reps #1379.

Condition: B+

Cover with small part of lower right tip missing and archival tape along spine. View is very nice with just a few small splits or tears closed on verso and a longer tear at paste-down repaired.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $170

Closed on 12/2/2009