Fine separately issued view of the City of Los Angeles by E.S. Glover, published for the Brooklyn Land and Building Company in 1877.
Glover's view is one of the earliest large format views of Los Angeles, so early that virtually none of the landmarks shown in the view have survived. The view shows Los Angeles from the hills just east of downtown and across the Los Angeles River. The details in the map include the Los Angeles River, Brooklyn Hights & Aliso St. R. R., Prospect Park, the Road to San Gabriel and a number of streets in the early suburban subdivision of Brooklyn Hights.
Looking to Downtown Los Angeles, Bunker Hill, Angels Knoll and the Santa Monica Mountains. Landmarks across the river include the Los Angeles and Independence Railroad Depot, St. Vincent College, the County Courthouse, Los Angeles High School and the "Jewish Church." The Pico House and Southern Pacific Depot are also identified, among the 20 landmarks named in the lower margin.
The view is exceedling rare. The last example to appear at auction was at the Streeter sale in 1968 (which was described as "Moderately foxed. Small tear at top of center fold."). OCLC locates 3 examples (Library of Congress, Huntington Library, University of British Columbia and Penn State).
Eli Sheldon Glover (1844-1920) was one of the great viewmakers of the golden age of American bird's eye views. He began his career working for Albert Ruger in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1866. He was primarily a sales agent for Ruger but probably also helped him in the actual production of city views. Two years later Glover went to Chicago to become a printer and publisher under his own name, but his Merchants Lithographing Company was shortlived; it was destroyed by the 1871 Chicago Fire after only three years of operation. The Great Fire caused Glover to look farther afield, and he began making views in Ontario and Kansas. Slowly he made his way west, producing Colorado views in 1873-'74. In 1874, while based in Salt Lake City he traveled the Rocky Mountains and produced views in Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. In 1876 and '77, the Glovers lived in Los Angeles and Eli produced a total of 16 views of California cities. In the last period of his active career, he focused on views in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. His second to last view was in Alabama, and his final view, in 1912 after a long hiatus, was Port Arthur, Texas.