Colton, G.W: South America
Steel engraved map with original hand colouring. Overall size: 37.1.cms x 44.3 cms; 326mm x 406mm. Text on South America on verso. The hand colouring delineates the boundaries. Patagonia is still separately named. Shows towns, counties, townships, rivers, railroads etc. Highly decorative border. One fox spot off Uruguay in the South Atlantic Ocean. Toning and faint waterstain bottom margin and right corner.
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.