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Auction 161, Lot 208

Early Geological Map Highlighting the Region's Gold Rush

"Geological Map of the Mining Districts in the State of Georgia, Western Parts of N. Carolina, and in East Tennessee", Peck, Jacob

Subject: Southeast United States

Period: 1833 (published)

Publication: American Journal of Science and Arts, Vol. XXIII

Color: Black & White

14.4 x 11.6 inches
36.6 x 29.5 cm

This uncommon map is one of the first geological maps of the region and is filled with notations locating gold and gem deposits. The map was made during a small gold rush in this region and the profusion of "gold" locations noted across the map would lead a person to believe the area was saturated with the precious metal. The map is centered on the Valley River and stretches north to above the Tennessee River as far as Kingston west to Alabama, and east to Burke County. Across the bottom is a cross-section with principle mountain peaks located. An engraved inset of the Smoky Mountains is captioned "Characteristic view of the Mountains and the Tennessee River above Smoky Mountain; Macon County North Carolina." A vignette shows a small pot found 15 feet underground whose composition of copper and tin with a trace of iron "proves its antiquity." This rarely seen map was published in New Haven by Jacob Peck.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with faint toning along the folds and trimmed to the neatline at left and lower right. A printer's crease is adjacent to the right fold.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 2/8/2017