AUCTION 23

 
 

Fine, Large Pocket Map of Florida

 
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262. [MAP]. COLTON, G[eorge] W[oolworth] & C[harles] B. Colton. Colton’s New Township Map of the State of Florida, Compiled from the Official Records of the General Land Office U.S. Coast Survey U.S. Engineers, Post Office Dept., Rail Road Surveys and other authentic sources. Published by G.W. and C.B. Colton, & Co. 172 William St. New York 1875 [inset maps below title] Map Showing the Relation of Florida to the West Indies Central America, with Isthmus of Panama etc. [and] The Bermuda Islands [and] City & Harbor of Havana [above neat line lower left, within inset map] Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1855 by J.H. Colton & Co. in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York [above neat line lower center] Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1868 by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of New York. New York, 1875. Lithograph map on banknote paper with original full coloring and decorative borders of vines and shells. Neat line to neat line: 60.6 x 63.5 cm; border to border: 70.4 x 70.2 cm; overall sheet size: 75 x 72 cm; folded into original blind-embossed cloth pocket folder (15.5 x 10 cm), gilt lettered on upper cover: Colton’s Map of the State of Florida G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co., printed leaf used as upper pastedown: G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co.... [publisher’s list of additional items for sale]. Professionally stabilized and backed with archival tissue (small tears consolidated and no losses), minor edge chipping on right blank margin, overall very fine, excellent color. Pocket covers very fine. Uncommon.

     This large-scale handsome map first came out in 1868 (Rumsey 6817). The present edition has a few minor changes, such the addition of two insets to the map at lower left corner. This large-scale handsome map of Florida shows features such as railroads, cotton gins, waterways, towns, battlefields, and military installations. The main settled area remains northern Florida, whereas the southern part of the state, which is now so heavily settled, is basically uninhabited. This is an excellent map of Reconstruction-era Florida. Shown is the site of Dade’s Battle, a disastrous 1835 U.S. defeat that precipitated the second Seminole War.

($750-1,500)

Sold. Hammer: $1,000.00; Price Realized: $1,225.00.

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