Steel engraved map with original hand colouring. Overall size: 37.1cms x 44.2cms; 325mm x 402mm. Text on British Possessions in North America on verso. Overall toning else very good condition. The map covers the continent from South America to the Arctic, inclusive of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the West Indies. The hand colouring delineates the boundaries. Shows towns, counties, townships, post offices, depots, rivers, railroads etc. Highly decorative border. Slight waterstaining bottom right margin corner else very good condition.
George Woolworth Colton (1827 - 1901) was the son of Joseph Hutchins Colton (July 5, 1800 - July 29, 1893) who was an important American map and atlas publisher operating between 1833 to 1897. JH Colton recognized a gap in the market and published guides for immigrants and updated maps with decorative borders after purchasing the copyright from cartographers such as David H. Burr. His two sons worked in the business with him on the vast output of railroad maps, guides and several atlases. The non payment of the fee from Bolivia for a large quantity of maps of the country was financially disastrous for the company. The maps are characterised by their decorative spiral borders and vibrant contemporary hand colouring.