OF PROPERTY DESTROYED!
"The enormous Printing, Stereotyping, Binding, and Publishing Establishment of HARPER BROTHERS, which has been for many years one of the most magnificent monuments of private enterprise which our City, and indeed our country, could boast, was entirely destroyed by fire on Saturday last,-and now lies a shapeless mass of mouldering ruins..."So the headlines of December 12, 1853 read inThe New York Times. The four brothers posefor Matthew Brady about 1860. I'm not sure which one is which.
Harper & Brothers
was a prominent New York City book and magazine publishing firm which founded
, and published books for decades, surviving today in theMurdoch publishing empire as HarperCollins.James Harperand his brother John, printers by training, started their book publishing business J. & J. Harper in 1817. Their two brothers, Joseph Wesley Harper andFletcherHarper, joined them in the mid 1820s. The company changed its name to "Harper &Brothers" in 1833. The headquarters of the publishing house were located at 331 PearlStreet, facing Franklin Square in Lower Manhattan (about where the Manhattan approachto the Brooklyn Bridge lies today).On the night the old building burned down, the brothers met and unanimously decided torebuild on the original location. According to the family, they ordered 20 new presses, and