1881 Bird’s Eye View of Sherbrooke, P. Q. 24x18” print ($40 CAD)
This 1881 Henry Wellge view of Sherbrooke is everything a B&W bird’s eye view of a city should be: thick with detail, layered with topographic depth, using the most interesting perspetive (in Sherbrooke’s case, westward) instead of defaulting to the north, and having at least one little vignette (C. F. Fletcher’s Spring Brewery at bottom right). This was the first map of its kind that I encountered, and I‘m happy it found me. Oh, and take a look at the Civic Atlas’s image of Trois Rivières for more info on how Wellge worked in Québec. Sourced from the Library of Congress, reprinted with a half-inch margin.