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Steel engraved map with original full wash hand colouring delineating the provinces. Overall sheet size: 43cms x 35.8cms ; image size : 402mm x 331mm. Text on back describing Oceanica, No. IV.-Australasia. Decorative spiral border. Includes a key showing the various counties in each of the provinces. Very good condition apart from browning at margin edges and faint waterstain bottom left corner away from map; one fox spot in Reference key blank.
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.