Pocket Map of the Pennsylvania Railroad System in 1872

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235. [MAP]. ANDERSON, J.A. Map of the Rail Roads of Pennsylvania and Parts of Adjoining States. 1872. Scale 8 Miles to Inch. Distances in Miles and tenths, from termini...Prepared from Official data by J.A. Anderson, Supt. of the Belvidere Delaware Rail Road. Published & sold by J.L. Smith Successor to R.L. Barnes No. 27. So. 6th. St. Phila. Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1871 by J.A. Anderson in the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington, D.C. Lith. Jas. Guigan, Phila. [illustration of steamship in red at upper left corner, with attribution below image at right: Lauderbach sc.] Daily Lines of First-Class Passenger and Freight Steamers between Erie, Pa., and Upper Lake Ports. Philadelphia, 1872. Lithograph map showing drainage, counties, canals, stations, and the railroad network in original stencil coloring in red; map mounted on contemporary linen; border to border: 71.7 x 99.5 cm; folded into publisher’s original blind-embossed brown pebbled cloth pocket covers (15 x 9.6 cm), with gilt lettering on upper cover: Anderson’s Rail Road Map of Pennsylvania Published by J.L. Smith Phila., printed broadside (publisher’s advertisement) affixed to inside upper cover. Map: A few clean splits (no losses) and mild stains, overall fine and well preserved, due to the mounting cloth. Trimmed to border, probably by the map’s publisher, J.L. Smith, whose ad on the front pastedown states that mounting is a service they offer. Pocket covers: Slight wear to covers and upper cover detached due to the increased thickness of the map due to mounting cloth.

     First edition, second issue. Modelski, Railroad Maps of the United States 296 (citing the 1871 edition at the Library of Congress). This 1872 issuen has some changes, such as the addition of the illustration of the steamboat at top left. Few states have a railroad heritage as rich as Pennsylvania. Rich deposits of anthracite coal triggered the development of the railroads and canals, and in the 1820s this impetus was increased by Pennsylvania’s determination to improve public transportation. By the time of this map, Pennsylvania was covered by the complex web of railroad lines we see on this map.


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