Auction 136, Lot 325

"Bird's-Eye View of the Borough of Brooklyn Showing Parks, Cemeteries, Principal Buildings, and Suburbs",

Subject: Brooklyn, New York

Period: 1897 (dated)


Color: Black & White

34.8 x 20.2 inches
88.4 x 51.3 cm

This rare bird's-eye view was published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle for their so-called "Consolidation Number" that was published on the eve of Brooklyn's consolidation with Greater New York. This large and dramatic view includes enormous detail of the buildings, roads, parks, factories and smoke stacks, churches, and graphically shows the robust development taking place. It extends to include the Navy Yards and further to Jamaica with Rockaway and at the far horizon are Coney Island and Seagate. Provides great detail along the waterfront with scores of docks and wharfs filled with tall masted sailing ships and steamers. Signed in the plate by George Welch. The original Brooklyn Daily Eagle was published between 1841 to 1955 and was for two years edited by Walt Whitman.

References: Reps (Views) #2456.

Condition: A

Remarkable condition considering this is a newspaper production. Professionally backed with archival tissue to close a marginal tear at left, another at top and to support the folds.

Estimate: $600 - $800


Closed on 6/1/2011