Hitchcock Geology Map Massachusetts 1841 large detailed Thayer GeologicalBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
A Geological Map of Massachusetts- 1841 (Fourth Edition).
(Geology- New England).
Issued 1841, Northampton, MA. by Edward Hitchcock.
Lithographed by B.W. Thayer, Boston. Original hand color. Printed on bond paper.
"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 re-issued here in 1841.
A very lovely map that has 21 geologic groups 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".*
Map is age wrinkled due to large folding size and thin bond paper. 8" tear from right edge near inset tab now closed on reverse with old paper, allowing the map to now visually present well. Left blank margin corners chipped as seen.
Sheet measures c. 19 1/2" H x 28 1/4" W.
Printed area measures c. 17 3/4" H x 27 1/2" W.
Schwartz & Ehrenberg, Mapping of America, p. 254 (pl. 159- depicting the 1832 version printed by Pendleton and calling it probably the first American geological map covering an American state. Also notes the 1841 edition seen here was the final issuance of it).
Marcou, Mapoteca Geologica Americana, 204.
* Old World Auctions description.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, v. 4, p. 261. (citing their earliest work as c.1840).