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Author: Colton, G.W.
Date published: 1871Long title: Northern America, British, Russian & Danish Possessions in North America. Lithograph with original hand colouring. Overall size: 43.1cms x 35.4cms; 402mm x 326mm. Centrefold as issued. Text on verso describing Alaska, late Russian America. Highly decorative border. The hand colouring is in Colton's recognizable pink and greens depicting various state and territorial boundaries. Iceland top right. Modern Canadian provinces and territories were under British and French control ( The colony of New France was established in 1534 and was ceded to the United Kingdom in 1763 after the French defeat in the Seven Years' War) until France gave up its claims in the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and remained a collection of British colonies until its confederation in 1867, when the British colonies of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia would become Canadian provinces. Toning to border edges, waterstains left corner - see magnified image- else very 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.