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AUCTION 21

October 26, 2007

Pocket Map of Iowa before the Railroads Came

88. [MAP]. COLTON, J[oseph] H[utchins]. Iowa. [lower left above border] Published by J. H. Colton. No. 86 Cedar Street, New York. Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1852 by J. H. Colton in the Clerks Office of the Dist. Court for the Southn. Dst. of New York. New York: J. H. Colton, 1854. Lithograph map, full original color with vivid rose outlining, ornate border (flowers, vines, and birds), border to border: 32 x 40.5 cm. Pocket map, folded into original blind-embossed brown cloth covers (12.5 x 8.8 cm) gilt lettered on upper cover: Map of Iowa J. H. Colton. With pastedown on verso of upper cover: J. H. Colton’s Geographical Publishing Establishment No. 86 Cedar Street, New York. Spine slightly faded, corners lightly rubbed; map with a few light spots and minor splits at folds, else fine.

            Not in Phillips. The map depicts all the counties as they then existed with some township ranges surveyed and sectioned. Also shown as streams, roads, and towns, although development and geographical information becomes sparser the farther west on looks. The densest development is in the southeast corner and extends northward along the Mississippi River. Interestingly, no railroads had yet jumped the Mississippi, an event which occurred in 1856 when Davenport was connected to Rock Island Illinois. Very scarce. ($400-800)

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