Report on the Halsey Estate Coal and Iron Mines Situate in Sergeant Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia: R. Rae & Co., 1856.
Softcover. Very good. 19 pp, in original pink printed wrappers, with two folding maps ("Map of the Halsey Estate" and "Map Showing the Connections of the McKean Coal Field with the Great Markets of Central and Western New York, and Lakes Erie & Ontario") and a profile ("Cross Section of the Coal, Iron, and Limestone Strata upon the Halsey Estate"), each of which is hand-colored. Front wrapper has a clean slice from a sharp object, rear wrapper has four similar cuts and some small contemporary doodles. Title page--with text identical to that on the front wrapper--is lacking. Good. A rare promotional piece for a resource-rich 5000-acre estate in north central Pennsylvania. The text lauds the land's natural beauty, fertile soil, abundant timber, and even the unsurpassed "purity and salubrity of its air, but the primary focus its coal-producing potential and suitability for investment. Many pages are devoted to the reports of various geologists, all pointing to the conclusion that "there is no coal field in Pennsylvania more deserving of attention than this one, its proximity to the lakes, its location above the water, and its horizontal position admits of it being mined with the greatest facility and at the most reasonable expense, and if the shales and cannel coal in the interior of the basin should confirm the theories of geologists, respecting the existence of a large amount of lubricating oils and volatile matter contained in them, the value of this coal basin is beyond all computation." A final section focuses on markets for coal and relevant transportation networks, and reminds the reader that "where coal is, there wealth attends." One copy located in OCLC (State Library of Pennsylvania).