Author: Colton, G.W.
Date published: 1871Steel engraved map with original hand colouring. Overall size: 67.7cms x 44.2cms; 634mm x 430mm. Text on verso on 'The State of New York - No I' and 'The State of New York- No 2. Faint browning at top of sheet and slight waterstain bottom margin up into right margin else very good. Inset town plans of Albany; Troy ; Territory of New York; Syracuse; Rochester; Buffalo and Oswego. 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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