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As the population, transportation network, and industries of Pennsylvania developed in the second half of the nineteenth century, there was a great need for better maps of the various counties. This was satisfied by this fine atlas of the state issued just before the Centennial. Each county is shown with its major topographical and social features, the townships indicated in contrasting pastel shades.
Maps by Joseph R. Bien, E.M. from Atlas of the State of Pennsylvania. New York: Julius Bien & Co., 1900. Double folio or folio as noted. Chromolithographs. Very good condition.
Julius Bien directed the compilation of maps of Pennsylvania cities and localities based on work compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, U.S. Lake Survey and the Second Geological Survey of Pennsylvania. These clearly depicted and brightly colored maps of the population centers of Pennsylvania are fine examples of the attention to detail typical of the Julius Bien lithographic establishment. Bien is best known for his edition of the Double Elephant folio of Audubon's comprehensive series on North American birds.
From an 1872 series of excellent cadastral or property maps of towns in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. The maps are "From recent and actual surveys and records under the superintendence of F. W. Beers," one of the major county atlas makers of the period. Each map shows a township or series of villages as mapped by these surveys. Roads, streams, and lakes are indicated with precise detail. Of particular note are the depictions of significant buildings, including most homes, each with the property owner indicated. A unique picture of the county just before the nation's centennial.
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