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Thomas F. Gordon. A Gazetteer of the State of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: T. Belknap, 1832. Octavo. 1 folding map. 2l, [9]-63, [1]-[509]. Original, full leather binding. Gold tooling on spine. Clean and excellent condition. Hints of ex-libris status.

This wonderful compendium of information about counties, cities, townships, towns, mountains, lakes, rivers, creeks, canals, railroads, and post offices presents history and contemporary status with well written detail. The hand colored, lithographed map is entitled "Pennsylvania" 12 3/4 x 17 (neatlines) with a key to symbols representing: existing canals, proposed canals, railroads, turnpike roads, and common roads. A lovely and informative book. $350

A Description of the Internal Improvements of Pennsylvania, at the present day. With a Map of the State... Philadelphia: S.C. Atkinson, 1835. Octavo. Rebound. With prospectus for Atkinson's Casket, off-print of the January 1835 issue of Atkinson's Casket on Pennsylvania, and a Report of the Commissioners appointed to revise the Civil Code of Pennsylvania.. Also with map of "Pennsylvania, Canals, Railroads, The Coal Regions...Inhabitants in each County..." 8 x 11 1/4. Engraving by Joseph Yeager. Original hand color. Interior toned throughout. Map with reinforcement along bottom edge. Overall, very good condition.

In January of 1835 Samuel C. Atkinson sent this lovely and enticing gift to the subscribers of the Saturday Evening Post in an attempt to add them to his "patron" list. An intricate wood engraved title page fronted a one page prospectus for the "improved and enlarged Casket, and this was followed by a detailed foldout map of the state, 14 pages about the state from the current issue of his Casket, and a report on the Civil Code of Pennsylvania. This elegant presentation would have appealed to the patriotic hearts of all citizens of the state. This is a lovely example of cartography being used for magazine promotion in the United States. $275

B. H. Warren, M. D. Report on the Birds of Pennsylvania. With Special Reference to the Food-Habits, based on over Four Thousand Stomach Examinations. Harrisburg: E. K. Meyers, 1890. Second edition, revised and augmented. Large octavo. 3/4 green pebbled calf over green cloth; brown calf gold-stamped decorative spine with raised bands (refurbished), aeg. (ii)-(xiv), 1-434. Very good condition.

This handsome volume provides physical and behavioral descriptions of the many bird species found in Pennsylvania. The 100 attractive color plates are lithographs after J. J. Audubon's Birds of America. $325

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