Joshua W. Ash. “Map of Delaware County, Pennsylvania…”
Joshua W. Ash “Map of Delaware County, Pennsylvania…” Philadelphia: R. P. Smith, 1848. 41 x 56 (neat lines). Lithograph. Original hand color. Map mounted to canvas backing and varnished as originally issued. Cracking in various areas of the map with some map edges frayed; all as to be expected. Archival linen tape on verso to reinforce areas of canvas. Light ½ inch horizontal brown cellophane tape stain through middle of map. Some loss of map surface along tape stain in-painted. Faint water stain upper right corner. Else, good condition. With original rollers. PSA#375, LOC S#738, LOC Phillips, p. 263.
A very early and colorful wall map of Delaware County. This is the second oldest wall map of the county with the first one being published in 1818. There are two inset views: one of Haverford School [College] and the other is a scene of the Landing of William Penn in Chester. This wall map may have been displayed in a school, business, real estate or city office, or in a home for decorative purposes. Most wall maps were glued to a linen base and varnished to protect the surface. Over time, the varnish causes the paper to become brown and brittle and the action of rolling and unrolling results in the paper becoming cracked and chipped. These large maps were never framed and when not needed were often deposited in basements or attics where they would come in contact with water. Most antique wall maps today are usually found with large tide marks and numerous cracks and chips. This map does exhibit some of the anticipated condition problems as described above, but these flaws are contained outside the county boundaries and all of the cartographic information of the county is intact. Overall, a very scarce and attractive wall map of this suburban Philadelphia county.