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[PENNSYLVANIA] [MINING] HUGHES, George W[urtz]
Report made to The Committee of the Citizens of Elmira (Tioga County,) on the Tioga Coal & Iron Mines, Situated on the Tioga River
Albany: Printed by John B. Van Steenbergh, 1829. First Edition. Pamphlet. Geological report presented to a committee of private citizens of Elmira, NY by George W. Hughes, a West Point-trained mineral engineer, regarding the mineral potential of the Tioga Coal & Iron Mines, located about 20 miles to the south along the Tioga River in Western Pennsylvania. Hughes makes a favorable estimate of the quantity and quality of coal, and also notes the potential availability of large quantities of bismuth, which at this time was available only via importation from mines in Saxony. This is perhaps the first geological report on what would become, by the mid-nineteenth century, the most important bituminous coal field in America, the source of the famous "Blossburg Coal" that fueled steam engines and rolling mills across the eastern United States. Rare; three only in OCLC; not at AAS; none in Pennsylvania (Mar. 2020). HAZEN 5353. Octavo. Sewn pamphlet; printed self-wrappers; 8pp. Foredge untrimmed. Slight toning; partial split at bound edge; Very Good. Ownership signature (M.J. Sheppard) to title page.
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