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October 26, 2007

Texas Border & Trans-Pecos Considerably Amplified

83. [MAP]. COLTON, G[eorge Woolworth] & C[harles] B. Colton’s Mexico Published by G. W. and C. B. Colton & Co. No, 182 William St. New York. 1881. Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1854 by J. H. Colton in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York. [inset map at lower left, 10.3 x 6.5 cm] Territory and Isthmus of Tehuantepec. [New York, 1881]. Lithograph map on bank note paper, original hand coloring of Mexico, borders with Guatemala and the United States in bright rose, ornate floral and vine border, neat line to neat line: 28 x 35.5 cm; border to border: 31.5 x 40.2 cm. Folded into original pocket covers (12.4 x 8.5 cm), original brown cloth, lettered in gilt on upper cover (Colton’s Map of Mexico G. W. & C. B. Colton & Co), both covers blind-embossed, printed beige leaf (Colton’s ad and list of publications) affixed to verso of front board: Maps, Atlases, & Guide-Books G. W. & C. B. Colton & Co., (Successors of J. H. Colton,) No. 172 William Street New York...). Covers slightly spotted and worn, boards separated with minor to right side of pastedown. Map very fine, vibrant color. Scarce, especially in pocket format.

            Later edition (the map is dated 1881, and its copyright date is 1854). Not in Phillips, Maps of America. This map of Mexico, which includes most of Texas and the United States south of the 34th parallel, is another example of a map the Coltons long kept in print and constantly revised. In this issue, the area in Texas along the border is now considerably filled in, and other additions and subtractions have been made in the northern Mexican states. For instance, added along the Texas border, as compared to the 1861 edition by Joseph H. Colton (see below) are Spencer’s Ranch, Fort Leaton, Eagle Pass, Palafox, Rio Grande City. The Big Bend area has been especially amplified (in the 1861 edition, the Trans-Pecos area is about blank). Most significant among these changes is the addition of the railroads, now running through Texas and across to California. Prominently displayed are the Texas and Pacific and the Southern Pacific railroads. Although other rail lines are shown, they are not named. In Mexico, the major changes concentrate mainly on the borderlands and the railroad between Veracruz and Mexico City. ($500-1,000)

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

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