The Great Fire in Boston, Massachusetts.
Byron DeWolfe, ( n.d. (circa 1872)), Nashua, NH
Printed sheet, 22 x 26 cm. b/w cut of horse-drawn fire engine.
The Great Boston fire of 1872 began on Summer St. – “For Boston’s on fire! The Fire-Fiend had a feast / From Summer street starting, it marched to the east.” The blaze eventually covered 65 acres, took 20 lives, and resulted in more than $75,000,000 in property damage. The text here consists of ten 8-line stanzas, with a terminal advertisement for other works sold by Byron, and this remarkable offer: “Write to me, state the particulars of your subject whatever they may be, tell me the number of lines you would like to have composed, and send me the money to pay for them, and you will be faithfully attended to.” Interesting and scarce. Worldcat shows only a single library – Brown University – holding a copy. Very good condition.