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Auction 114, Lot 239

"A Geological Map of Massachusetts", Hitchcock, Edward

Subject: Massachusetts

Period: 1841 (dated)

Publication: Report of the Geological Survey of the Commonwealth

Color: Hand Color

27.8 x 17.7 inches
70.6 x 45 cm
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Hitchcock was an eminent professor of chemistry and natural history at Amherst College and was selected in 1830 to conduct a general survey of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The publication of his first report and map in 1832 marked an epoch in American geological work as this was the first survey of an entire state conducted at public expense. The first edition was reprinted in 1833. In 1837, he was commissioned to make a further geological and mineralogical survey, which was updated in 1839 and reprinted here in 1841. A very lovely map that has 21 geological formations shown through color and design, plus symbols to further locate deposits of plumbago, coal, iron, lead, copper, manganese and zinc. Early lithographed map published by B.W. Thayer in Boston. These maps were issued in small quantities and are seldom seen, particularly in such condition.

References: Marcou & Marcou No.200; Phillips(A) p. 401.

Condition: A

Issued folding, now pressed and backed with archival tissue. Near fine example with wide margins, fine impression and color.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $425

Closed on 3/1/2006