The City of St Louis Missouri; The City of Chicago Illinois
Author: Colton, G.W.
Date published: 1871Two part town plan of Chicago, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri. Two maps on one sheet. Both maps are hand coloured in pink, green, yellow and blue pastels to identify city wards. Very detailed depiction of streets and buildings. Both maps are drawn to the same scale. Surrounded by Colton's signature spiral motif border. Lithograph with original hand colouring. Very good condition apart from slight water stain bottom left margin. The right hand map of Chicago, Illinois, delineates from Reuben Street to Lake Michigan and from Center Street to Bridge Street. Also marked are various railroad depots, the Marine Hospital, the Railroad Depots. The left hand map of St. Louis, Missouri,extends from Pratte Avenue and Jefferson Avenue to the Mississippi River and from Branch Street to Bent Street. Also marked are the Post Office, Court House, Chouteaus Pond, Exchange Square, the City Work House, the City Hospital, Washington Square, and Lucas Market. Text on verso on teh State of Missouri. Overall sheet size: 43cms x 35.7cms ; 398mm x 332mm. Very good condition apart from a faint waterstain to left bottom 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.