Lot 195: Second Geological Survey of Pennsylvania



2015-07-08 11:47:00

Lot 195: Second Geological Survey of Pennsylvania. Grand Atlas Division I, II [2 parts], III, IV, [and] V, 6 portfolios (complete), Harrisburg, 1885, a complete set of mostly coloured lithographed maps on 201 sheets, loosely contained as issued with title-page in original cloth portfolios, double elephant folio (68 x 81cm / 27 x 32ins). The Second Geological Survey began after the Civil War and was overseen by J.P. Lesley, who became State geologist in 1874. This impressive work is one of the most ambitious and comprehensive geological surveys undertaken by any state and is scarce as a complete collection in good condition. Highlights of the set include 49 coloured geological maps of most counties in Pennsylvania, as well as maps from the oil regions. The six portfolios are titled: 1) Grand Atlas Division I. County Geological Maps (56 counties, 49 sheets). 2) Grand Atlas Division II. Anthracite Coal Fields Part 1. Eastern Ends of the Western Middle and Southern Fields in Carbon, Schuylkill, Columbia and Northumberland Counties (26 sheets). 3) Grand Atlas Division II. Anthracite Coal Fields Part 2. Portions of the Northern and Eastern Middle Fields in Luzerne County (22 sheets). 4) Grand Atlas Division III. Petroleum and Bituminous Coal Fields. Portions of the Petroleum and Bituminous Coal Fields and Three Sheets Relating To The Quaternary Period (35 sheets). 5) Grand Atlas Division IV. South Mountain and Great Valley Topographical Maps. Thirty Sheets Relating to the Durham and Reading Hills and Bordering Valleys in Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks and Berks Counties, and thirteen sheets relating to the South Mountains in Adams, Franklin, Cumberland and York Counties (34 sheets, 9 not published). 6) Grand Atlas Division V. Central and South-Eastern Pennsylvania. Twenty-Nine Sheets Related to the Topography and Geology of the Paleozoic Strata in parts of Cambria, Blair, Bedford, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Centre and Union Counties. Five sheets contain a map and geological cross-section along the east bank of the Susquehanna River, Lancaster County. One sheet contains cross-sections of the Philadelphia Belt of Azoic Rocks (35 sheets). (6) Dominic Winter's Travel & Natural History, Early Printed Books, Maps, Globes & Decorative Prints, Science & Mathematics, Bookbinding Equipment Auction July 2015 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: £700-1000
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