1890s (undated) 18 x 29 in (45.72 x 73.66 cm)
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This is a c.1890 pocket map of Pennsylvania issued by J. L. Smith. It covers the state of Pennsylvania in its entirely, noting rivers, roads, railways, canals, towns, cities and other topographical features. The eastern counties on Pennsylvania are curiously marked with red circles, the purpose of which is unknown. Hand written notes on the linen backing list 19 agents from different regions. This map was published by J. L. Smith of 27 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA., successor to R. L. Barnes.
Rufus L. Barnes (fl. c. 1840 - 1867) was an American map publisher and seller based in Philadelphia during the early to mid-19th century. Barnes opened a map shop in Philadelphia in 1840 from which issued numerous maps on his account as well as reselling the work of others. Rufus' manuscript ledger, which is preserved in the Newbury Library reveals connections to most of the prominent map publishers and cartographers of his period, including Robert Pearsall Smith, C.K. Stone, A.R.Z. Dawson, A. Pomeroy & Co., and O.W. Gray & Son, D.J. Lake & Company, Henry F. Walling, S. Willard Treat, John Homer French, R.S. Taintor, Jr. & Co., William Otis Shearer, surveyor Silas N. Beers; engravers Worley & Bracher, A.D. Ellis, Green & Wilbur, and O.W. Gray & Son. His work was used by both sides during the American Civil War and included some off the best Pennsylvania county maps available at the time. Barnes notably partnered with William Ellis Morris to reissue John Melish's important wall map of Pennsylvania in 1848. Barnes sold his business to his assistant J. L. Smith in 1867.
Very good. Dissected and backed on linen. Linen exhibits verso repair and reinforcements over slpits along the fold lines. Minor spotting.