Georgetownand the city of Washington the capital of the United States
Author: Colton, G.W.
Date published: 1871Very detailed town plan depicting streets and buildings. Includes three vignettes of the Capitol, the Smithsonian Institution and the Washington Monument. Shows streets, major government buildings, military facilities, hospitals, railroad lines, bridges and a host of other early details Surrounded by Colton's signature spiral motif border. Text on verso describes the State of Maine. Steel engraved map with original hand colouring. Overall sheet size: 43.3cms x 35.2cms Very good condition apart from slight water stain bottom left margin. 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.