"Building of the History Company. Market Street,
San Francisco, Cal." Engraving, ca. 1890.

After the devastating 1896 fire, which destroyed 12,000 volumes of his histories as well as the plates for a dozen volumes, Bancroft’s business investments, besides his library, consisted of little more than the Market Street site and the History Company, publisher of the Works. In rebuilding, he called his new structure the History Building.

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