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AUCTION 21

October 26, 2007

Done by a Map Publishing Conglomerate

76. [MAP]. BURR, David H. Ohio. By David H. Burr. [below] Published by J. H. Mather & Co. Hartford. 1846 [below neat line] Entered according to Act of Congress in the year of 1833 by J. H. Colton & Co. in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York. Engraved and Printed by S. Stiles & Co. Hartford: J. H. Mather, 1846. Copper-engraved map within Greek key border, original full color, inset of Cincinnati, neat line to neat line: 48.5 x 57 cm. Pocket map folded into original blind-embossed brown cloth covers (13.4 x 8.3 cm), gilt-lettered on upper cover: Colton’s Map of Ohio. Other than a few expert reinforcements to clean splits, very fine.

            Phillips, America lists the 1833 edition (p. 628), but not this Colton version. One interesting aspect of this map is that it reflects the many publishing combinations and permutations that pervaded the nineteenth-century map industry. The map was attributed to Burr, engraved and printed by Stiles, published by Mather, but yet found in a Colton pocket cover and copyrighted by Colton in 1833. This map would have needed frequent updating since its initial appearance, because Ohio was settled rapidly and new towns and roads were created with great regularity after initial arrival of settlers from Connecticut. One area of the state’s development is shown by the fact that someone has outlined existing and potential canals in blue ink and some railroads in red. The National Road, which crosses the state from east to west, is prominently displayed, although by this time railroads were beginning to compete with the Road as a preferred method of moving both freight and people. ($500-1,000)

Sold. Hammer: $500.00; Price Realized: $587.50

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