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1859 - Colton's Map of the United States of America - Antique Map

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Item number: USA436
Genuine Antique Map

1859

Maker: Colton

 

Antique hand-colored map from Colton's Atlas of America Illustrating the Physical and Political Geography of North and South America and the West India Islands by George W. Colton, 1859. The atlas title page indicates the atlas was published by J.H. Colton and Company, but each map in the atlas says it was published by Johnson & Browning (the addresses for both Colton/Johnson & Browning are the same). This map shows the United States in 1859, when much of the western half of the country was made up of territories. Includes towns, cities, roads, railroads and proposed railroads, some topography, etc. Interesting boundaries for Utah, New Mexico, Nebraska, Washington, Kansas, Dakota. Colton's unique decorative border surrounds the map. The Colton firm refused to compromise quality, choosing to compete for sales in the finer quality international market rather than the inexpensive domestic one. Because of this, all maps were engraved by steel plates rather than by wax engraving which became the most common method used in the US. Very good antique condition with some tiny mild spots/foxing and signs of age. Measures approx. 16 x 26 inches to the outside of the decorative border.

 

Item Number: USA436