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October 26, 2007

Another Edition of the Young-Mitchell Pocket Map of Pennsylvania

158. [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. 1836. [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, 1836. 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 red roan covers (12.1 x 7.4 cm), gilt lettered on upper cover: Mitchell’s Map of Pennsylvania. Pasted to verso of upper cover is: Pennsylvania Census, 1830. Covers slightly rubbed; a few folds on map expertly reinforced, a few small spots and tiny losses, otherwise fine.

            This map was originally published by Mitchell in 1831 (Rumsey 3367), with updates following. (For an earlier edition, see lot 157.) 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. Of somewhat anachronistic interest is the presence of “Asylum” near Towanda, an abortive French émigré colony that had been abandoned. The railroads have reached no farther west than York and Sunbury. ($400-800)

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