8. [BIRD’S-EYE VIEW: KANSAS CITY]. LOMBARD SPECIALTY PUBLISHING CO. CHICAGO. Double folio print with eight views: (1) [central view] Kansas City 1855 [within image] First Brick House in Jackson Co. [lower right] From Old Engraving Owned by Nathan Greely, Esq. Kansas City Times. [below right] Copyright 1887 by Lanward Specialty Publishing Co. Chicago. (2) National Agricultural Exposition Building. (3) Afternoon on Independence Ave. (4) Board of Trade. (5) Independence Ave. M.E. Church. (6) The Midland Hotel. [in image] Lanward Specialty Publishing Co. Chicago. (7) Warder Grand Opera House. (8) Kansas City Times Building. [large cartouche at lower center] Lombard Investment Company. Boston, Mass. Capital and Surplus $1,400,000. 150 Leadenhall Street, London, E.C., Eng. 26 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. Western Office, - Kansas City, Mo. Board of Trade 171 by 120 feet, Built 1887. Exposition Building, 450 by 255 feet, Erected in 1887. Warder Grand Opera House, 132 by 144 feet. Built in 1887; Seating Capacity, 3,000. Midland Hotel, 220 by 120 feet, Built in 1887. Times Building. Occupied by the Lombard Investment Company. Compliments of Lombard Investment Company, Kansas City, Mo. Chicago: Lanward Specialty Publishing Co., 1887. Large broadsheet, multi-stone color lithograph. Overall sheet: 71.7 x 108 cm; image: 61.3 x 99 cm. Several tears professionally closed, backed with linen, image crisp and bright, wide margins, overall very good or better. Not in Hebert or OCLC.
Reps, Views and Viewmakers of Urban America 2008 (locating only the LC copy). This rare and magnificent multi-color lithograph promotional view of Kansas City was lithographed by Lanward for the western office of the Lombard Investment Company, which at the time occupied the Times Building in Kansas City. Occupying the center is a birds-eye view of Kansas City in 1855, looking across the Missouri River from the north where a group of Indians appear in present-day Kansas City, Kansas. Surrounding the view at center are landmarks and architecture, including perhaps the first published depiction of the National Agricultural Exposition Center. According to the promotional legend at bottom the print, four of the imposing structures were built in 1887. ($2,500-5,000)
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