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In New York City, thousands of newly-bound books burn in a massive fire

Fire and Earthquake Disasters, iconic image
03/28/1861 to 03/29/1861
A midnight fire destroyed two large buildings on Nassau Street in New York City.  Thought to be out, the fire burned again in the ruins of the structures the following noon and firefighters had to be recalled and flames burned until after dark.  The contents were mostly books being bound or held in stock at a large bookbinding concern.  Publishers that lost thousands of volumes included Charles Scribner and Sons.  Overall damage was estimated at the time at more than $65,000.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"The Fire in Nassau Street," New York Times, March 30, 1861.

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