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October 26, 2007

Very Early Colton Map

77. [MAP]. BURR, David H. United States. By David H. Burr. [at bottom] Published by J. H. Colton & Co. New York 1835 Engraved and Printed by S. Stiles & Co. N. York [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. New York: J. H. Colton, 1835. Copper-engraved map within border, original outline color, 7 insets: Environs of Albany; Environs of Boston; Environs of New-York; Environs of Baltimore & Washington; South Part of Florida; Environs of Philadelphia; Environs of Cincinnati; neat line to neat line: 44.5 x 54 cm. Pocket map folded into original black roan covers (13.5 x 8.5 cm), gilt decorated and gilt-lettered: Burr’s Map of the United States Published by J. H. Colton & Co. New York. A few small spots, light offsetting, separations at folds professionally repaired (some minor losses), a few tiny holes, overall very good. On the insets, existing and potential canal routes are marked in ink.

            Phillips (America, p. 888) lists the 1833 edition but not this 1835 reissue. This map shows the area to the east of Texas and the Missouri (or North-West Territory) north to the Canadian border, and west to the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers. It is a very early Colton publication, as he had just issued his first map in 1833. This map would have been of intense interest to those headed west, and Colton no doubt continued to revise this map so that emigrants could be assured of having the latest information for their travels. However, as with any such complicated topic encompassing such geographical scope, certain anomalies were sure to arise. In northwest Georgia, for example, the nearly defunct Cherokee town of New Echota is still shown, although most of the land at that point had been sold to white settlers and the town was nearly deserted. For some curious reason, Memphis, Tennessee, is not indicated, although it was rapidly becoming an important crossing point for the Mississippi River. ($750-1,500)

Sold. Hammer: $750.00; Price Realized: $881.25

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