Author: Colton, G.W. & C. B. Colton
Date published: 1882
Rare, separately published map. Long title: Colton's Map of the United States of America, the British Provinces, Mexico and the West Indies. Showing the Country from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean...1882. Original full wash hand colouring. Overall sheet size: 115.2cms x 97cms. Highly detailed with railroads, rivers, forts, towns and places of interest marked. Repairs to folds on verso, is displayed flat (sold with the original case) ; would be sent rolled, will not now re fold into case. Early hand has labelled the,' Canadian Pacific Railway'; one fox spot near Bahamas else 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.
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