[Featured Lot] La Salle Coal Mining Company: CHARTER AND BY-LAWS OF THE LA SALLE COAL MINING COMPANY, WITH REPORT OF THE MANAGER, TOGETHER WITH MAPS AND GEOLOGICAL SECTIONS. La Salle, Ill.: C. Boynton, 1856. Original printed wrappers [dirty], stitched, 23 + 1 blank pp, plus: Folding Table ['Comparative Analysis of Illinois Coals with other American and Foreign Bituminous Coals].' Light wear, trimmed closely but no loss; Folding 'Map Showing Railroad Connections in Northern Illinois & Southern Wisconsin to Accompany Report of Lasalle Coal Mining Company,' by H.C. Freeman, lithographed by Ed. Mendel of Chicago, 16" x 13," showing Counties and railroad lines spreading from Chicago, with inset showing the Company's location along the line of the Chicago & Rock Island RR and the Illinois & Michigan Canal, just north of the Illinois River and bisected by the Illinois Central RR; Large folding map of the Company's coal mining lands, with vertical section of shaft. Text untrimmed, uncut, scattered fox. Very Good.

    La Salle is located in north central Illinois. This is one of its very earliest non-periodical imprints. It prints the 1855 Act of the Illinois legislature incorporating the Company, whose officers are all from Kentucky and Illinois; and its By-Laws. The Report of H.C. Freeman, the Company's civil engineer, discusses the State's coal resources, the La Salle Coal Basin, the market for coal, transportation facilities for reaching the market, the Company's property and activities, and the excellent quality of its coal. A letter from J.G. Norwood, the State Geologist, is also included. NUC and OCLC record a 20-page printing by this printer in 1856, with no mention of the maps and table.
    Not in Sabin, Byrd, Eberstadt, Decker, Soliday, Graff. Folding Map Showing Railroad Connections not in Phillips Maps of America, Modelski.

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