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Lot 184: (PENNSYLVANIA - PETROLEUM.) Opperman, J. Opperman''s map of the Middle Oil Field.

MAPS & ATLASES; NATURAL HISTORY; PLATE BOOKS

by Swann Auction Galleries

December 8, 2016

New York, NY, USA

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Description: (PENNSYLVANIA - PETROLEUM.) Opperman, J. Opperman''s map of the Middle Oil Field. Large folding lithographed oil field map. 38x33 inches sheet size; backed with linen, some hand-coloring, light surface soiling and wear to folds, few early annotations. New York: Julius Bien, 1883

Notes: Focusing on Warren and Forest Counties in Northwestern Pennsylvania, lands which experienced a massive oil boom in the later half of the nineteenth century. Key indicates which wells are drilling, producing, light, dry or found to have natural gas. Opperman was a civil engineer in the oil city of Bradford in neighboring McKean County and produced several maps delineating the area''s recently harnessed underground resources.

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