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AUCTION 21

October 26, 2007

Brilliantly Colored Pocket Map of New York State

85. [MAP]. COLTON, G[eorge] W[oolworth] & C[harles] B. Colton’s Railroad & Township Map of New York with Parts of the Adjoining States & Canada. Published by G. W. and C. B. Colton & Co. 172 William St. New York. 1870. [lower right above border: Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1852, by J. H. Colton, in the Clerks Office of the Dist. Court for the Southern Dist. of New York. J. M. Atwood Sculpt. [at upper left] Statistics of Population &c. New York: G. W. & C. B. Colton, 1870. Lithograph map, original full and outline color, wide floral border, border to border 63.5 x 72 cm. Pocket map folded into blind-embossed original black cloth covers (14.3 x 9.3 cm) gilt lettered on upper cover: Colton’s Township Map of the State of New-York G. W. & C. B. Colton & Co. On verso of upper cover is pasted an ad for the Colton firm, but partially covered by a slightly chipped paper label for S. C. Boyd, Dealer in Books, Stationery, Newspapers, Sheet Music, &c. &c. Glens Falls, N. Y. Slight snag at top of spine; paper in gutter margin cracked with small losses; map, except for minor splits at folds, very fine with brilliant coloring.

            Later edition of a map with copyright date of 1852. For another edition, see Lot 87 herein. As is typical with Colton maps, the firm constantly updated them (as boasted in the ad, “corrected to date”), and this map stayed in print for several years after the first edition. A very grand and handsome map showing the state, towns, counties, canals, roads, and railroads in considerable detail. Also shown are some establishments, such as iron works and old forts. A very detailed map intended for “travelers and tourists.” ($250-500)

Sold. Hammer: $250.00; Price Realized: $293.75

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