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AUCTION 20

The Rare “New Medium” Colton Pocket Map of Texas

48. [MAP]. COLTON, G[eorge] W[oolworth] & C[harles] B. & CO. Colton’s “New Medium” Map of the State of Texas From the Latest & Most Authentic Sources. Prepared by G. W. & C. B. Colton & Co. 172 William St. New York, 1873...Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1872 by G. W. & C. B. Colton & Co. in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington. [Insets at lower left] Plan of the Northern Part or Panhandle of Texas; Plan of Matagorda Bay; Plan of Sabine Lake; Plan of Galveston Bay. New York, 1873. Engraved map on bank note paper, original pastel wash and bright rose outline, ornate flower and vine border. 47.5 x 64.5 cm. Folded into pocket covers (14.5 x 9.5 cm), original brown cloth, Colton’s Map of Texas G. W. & C. B. Colton & Co. lettered in gilt on upper cover, both covers blind-embossed, printed leaf affixed to verso of front board: G. W. & C. B. Colton & Co., (Successors of J. H. Colton) Publishers of Maps, Atlases, Guide-Books, Etc.... Pocket covers lightly abraded at corners and spine extremities. The map has a few small scattered spots, otherwise very fine. Rare.

     Taliaferro (cf. 362) lists an 1877 edition that was copyrighted in 1872, as here, and which appears to be the same map. Not in Day, Phillips, etc. Another very detailed and reliable map of Texas from the never-ending stream of Colton cartographic productions in the nineteenth century, here in the very scarce pocket map format. The Colton firm was one of the leading mapmakers of the day, producing excellent, detailed maps like the present map, based on the most up-to-date and reliable sources. The map shows an ever-expanding Texas, here divided into counties to the 23rd meridian [west of Washington D.C.], part of which expansion was caused when the State of Texas created twenty-three counties in 1858 alone. West Texas, however, is still basically unsettled and divided into five large areas (El Paso, Presidio, Pecos, Bexar, Young). As an example of Colton’s detail, in Llano County, the tiny community of Bluffton is shown on the Colorado River. On a grander scale, numerous railroads are depicted in East Texas, with the projected routes of the Southern Pacific and Atlantic and Pacific shown heading west. ($1,500-3,000)

Sold. Hammer: $2,600.00; Price Realized: $3,185.00

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