Steel engraved map with original hand colouring. Overall size: 37.5.cms x 44.3 cms; 326mm x 406mm. On verso: Most of the Colton maps of the Northern Region are black and white but this one is in full wash hand colouring. Includes notes on explorers and findings i.e. Asiatic Pole of Greatest Cold Temp 2 96F bet. Zero etc Eastern Hemisphere shows from Tristan da Cunha and New Guinea to East and Antarctic Continent South to the Arctic Ocean at the north. Waterstain bottom margin and bottom right corner and ragged left bottom margin 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.