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October 26, 2007

1833 Pocket map of Pennsylvania with Inset map of Coal Fields

157. [MAP]. YOUNG, J[ames] H[amilton]. The Tourist’s Pocket Map of Pennsylvania. Exhibiting its Internal Improvements Roads Distances &c. By J. H. Young. Philadelphia Published by S. Augustus Mitchell. 1833. [center below neat line] Entered according to Act of Congress, April 15th 1831, by S. Augustus Mitchell of the State of Pennsylvania. [lower right below neat line] D. Haines Sc. [with insets] [1] Profile of the Pennsylvania Canal; [2] Vicinity of Philadelphia; [3] Lehigh and Schuylkill Coal Regions. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1833. Copper-engraved map on bank note paper, original full color, neat line to neat line: 33 x 38 cm. Pocket map folded into original gilt-decorated green roan covers (12 x 7.5 cm), gilt lettered on upper cover: Traveller’s Map of Pennsylvania. Pasted to verso of upper cover is: Pennsylvania Census, 1830. Rebacked with portions of original spine preserved, covers slightly rubbed; a few folds on map expertly reinforced, slight offsetting, otherwise fine.

            This map was originally published by Mitchell in 1831 (Rumsey 3367), with updates following. This map and the next (lot 158), which augments the present map, reflect Mitchell and Young’s ongoing commitment to routinely update their maps to make them as current and useful as possible. The map shows counties, geographical features such as mountains and streams, towns, railroads, and roads. The growing importance of coal mining is indicated by the presence of the inset showing the mining region around Pottsville. On this map, the railroad has not reached Sunbury, although it has reached York. ($400-800)

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