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"Geological Sections of the United States." London: I.T. Hinton & Simpkin & Marshall, 1832. 8 x 9 7/8. Engraving by Fenner, Sears & Co. Very good condition.

A pair of geological cross-sections of the United States, divided into Northern and Southern, issued in England in 1832. Up to fifteen different categories of geological sections are identified for the region east of the continental divide, indicated with divisions and elevations. Attractive and fascinating for its depiction of the state of knowledge of the continent at the time. $65



Charles H. Hitchcock, Ph.D. "Gray's Geological Map of the United States." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray, 1875. 16 1/2 x 27. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. With decorative leaf border.

A map of the United States issued in 1875 at a period when the completion of the transcontinental railroad and gold rushes in California and Colorado led to an upswing in the speed of development of the trans-Mississippi west. Nine different geological epochs are illustrated, broken into four categories: Eozoic, Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic. The colors of each easily denotes the vast difference in US regions' geological origins, especially from East to West. This map is a fine picture of US geological history as understood in 1875. $275



Gray's US geological map
Charles H. Hitchcock. "Gray's Geological Map of the United States." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray & Son, 1881. 16 x 26 1/2. Lithograph. Bright, original color. Very good condition.

A dramatic geological map drawn by Dr. Charles H. Hitchcock, a professor of geology at Dartmouth College. Beautifully colored, the map shows nine different geological classifications. $150



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Maps from Second Geological Survey of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, 1878-84. Octavo. 7 3/4 x 9 1/2. Chromolithographs by Julius Bien and printed by Lane S. Hart, State Printer.

Colorful and informative maps of single Pennsylvania counties. The boundaries and the townships within are nicely set off with contrasting shades applied by lithography. The maps have fine detail and are neatly exhibited. Topographical information such as towns, rivers, railroads and elevations are all depicted as well as color coded to the geological formations of each. Dates of surveys and work of individual cartographers and geologists are noted on many. Aesthetically and cartographically fascinating maps. All maps are $30



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Maps from Grand Atlas. County Geological Maps. Photolithographed on stone by Julius Bien and printed by Lane S. Hart, State Printer. Harrisburg, 1885. Large folio. Some with repaired tears or chips in margins; none affecting image.

Colorful and informative maps of single Pennsylvania counties. The boundaries and the townships within are nicely set off with contrasting shades applied by lithography. The maps have fine detail and are neatly exhibited. Topographical information such as towns, rivers, railroads and elevations are all depicted as well as color coded to the geological formations of each. Dates of surveys and work of individual cartographers and geologists are noted on many. Aesthetically and cartographically fascinating maps.

J.P. Lesley, State Geologist, wrote in the preface to this atlas, "The ... maps ... have been based upon the county maps constructed and published privately by engineers and surveyors, independently for each county. Most of these maps have been made from odometer surveys of the county roads, from surveys of railroad companies, and from data compiled from Melish's State Map, authorized by the Legislature in 1816; from private surveys, survey notes and drafts, and recorded deeds." Each is $85 except as noted



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