antique prints, maps and watercolors

(Mobile, Alabama - The Gulf City) Harpers Weekly. New York February 1884. $195.00

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"Mobile - The Gulf City"

This original wood engraving was issued September 1866 as a front page illustration to Harper's Weekly, the widely read 19th century periodical. The newspaper kept readers up to date with sensationally worded accounts of natural disasters, technological advances, politics, explorations and discoveries as well as home and society matters. The magazine employed illustrators who would travel and sketch any major event. These sketches were then translated onto wood blocks and published. This picturesque bird's-eye view is a unique look at 19th century Mobile. Surprisingly few views of this important southern American city appeared in the pages of Harper's Weekly.

Wood engraving with hand color.
11 1/2 x 16 inches sheet size.
Excellent condition.