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1938 MA Geodetic Survey book signed George A. Marston

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1938 Massachusetts Geodetic Survey book signed George A. Marston

Available for sale by Dick Elgin


Dick has been a collector of early American surveying equipment for years, and all things related thereto. He is a Past President of the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors and a past member of the Missouri Registration Board.  MALSCE is listing this information as a courtesy to Dick because of his leadership in the surveying community.


Dick has several books dating from the late 1930s published by the Massachusetts Geodetic Survey.  Each book is in mint condition and is signed "George A. Marston" on the cover.  He is seeking to sell the books and would prefer to sell them to a Massachusetts surveyor. 


Description of one book: a softbound book titled "Massachusetts City and Town Maps"  Volume I compiled by the Massachusetts Geodetic Survey, 1938. Book pages are 8.5" x 11". Its Foreword says, in part:  "The maps in this series are primarily for the purpose of showing the location of horizontal and vertical control stations established by the Massachusetts Geodetic Survey...."  The book contains 102 maps of towns, cities and areas for the counties of:  Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire. Berkshire County has 33 maps and a great map of Pittsfield and North Adams.  Franklin County has 25 maps including two of Springfield and Holyoke. Hampshire County has 22 maps including 3 of Northhampton. The maps are all hand-drawn and are beautiful works of art (done at a time when draftsmen were true draftsmen). They contain street names, topographic features, some boundaries, railroads, hydrographic features, benchmarks and control monument locations (with ID numbers and whether MGS or USCGS).  The book is in mint condition and has all its pages, no marks, well bound. The book contains great (and important) historical mapping and survey data. On the outer cover it is signed "George A. Marston" who became the first Dean of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts in 1947. 


Dick will accept the highest bid received by May 1, 2012. For more information on other books or to bid on this one, please contact Dick Elgin at:   elgin@rollanet.org


Dr. Richard L. Elgin, LS, PE
310 East 6th Street
Rolla, MO  65401



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