Philadelphia: Published by M. Thomas, 1818. Pamphlet bound into modern cloth, with title label on front cover. 81, [1- Appendix] pp, plus folding map of the State of Pennsylvania, with borders in color [several fold splits but complete; bit of wrinkling and light wear]. Text untrimmed, stitched, spine of the pamphlet reinforced. Good+.
This second edition, printed in the same year as the first, "emphasizes Philadelphia's strategic position for trade with the rising West" [Howes]. Breck traverses in detail the status and statistics of turnpike roads, bridges, canals, bank financings, agriculture, schools and cultural improvements. He compares Pennsylvania's progress with similar endeavors in other States and countries. He focuses especially on the opportunities offered by the Susquehanna River, and Routes to Lake Erie and New York City.
The Notice prefacing Breck's study explains that this second edition "has been revised and enlarged, and is in every respect, I hope, less imperfect than the first; particularly as regards the view of the head-waters of our principal rivers, which is now given in one map, instead of three. It is to the liberality, kindness and public-spirit of Mr. Mathew Carey, that I am indebted for this map."
Howes B742. Rink 4044. AI 43443 . Item #27822