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October 26, 2007


89. [MAP]. COLTON, J[oseph] H[utchins]. Mapa de Mejico J. H. Colton, Nueva York 1862 Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1862 by J. H. Colton in the Clerks Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York. [inset map at upper left, 10.3 x 6.5 cm] Territory and Isthmus of Tehuantepec [statistical table at lower left] Political Divisions, Population, etc. [New York, 1862]. Lithograph map on bank note paper, original hand coloring of Mexico, borders with Guatemala and the United States in rose, seas with pale blue wash, large ornate grapevine border, numerous types of ships at sea, neat line to neat line: 28.3 x 42 cm; border to border: 37 x 50 cm. Pocket covers (present but detached): 13 x 8.7 cm, original brown diced cloth, lettered in gilt on upper cover (Mapa de Méjico por J. H. Colton Nueva York), both covers blind-embossed, printed yellow leaf (Colton’s ad and list of publications) affixed to verso of front board: Maps, Atlases, and Statistical Works, J. H. Colton. No. 172 William St. New York...). Map expertly restored, laid down on acid-free tissue, small section of upper right ornate border supplied in sympathetic facsimile, folds relaxed, a few small voids at old folds (no loss of text or image), light to moderate browning at some folds and a few scattered fox marks. Pocket folder shows signs of use, spine light, a few ink marks and spots, some wear and fraying at extremities and corners, interior endpaper separated at gutter and with some chipping and staining. Very rare.

            First edition. Not in Phillips and other standard references. Though very similar to the preceding map, the present map is not from the same stone. Here the title is altered from English to Mapa De Mexico, the inset of Tehuantepec is unchanged but repositioned to upper left, a statistical table in English and ships at sea are added, a subtle pale blue wash now graces the seas, and the ornate border has been replaced by a larger, lavish grapevine border. Both maps have the same embossment, gilt lettering, and ad on the pocket covers. The map includes most of Texas and the United States south of the 34th parallel.

            The map is a testament to the energy and commercial success of Joseph H. Colton’s map publishing firm. The Colton family, whose enterprise was based in New York, were prolific producers of maps and atlases during the nineteenth century. The present pocket map is a dazzling production, though virtually unknown. Colton’s ad on inside cover includes among his offerings “Cordova’s Texas” (see Map section herein: De Cordova). ($1,500-2,500)

Sold. Hammer: $2,600.00; Price Realized: $3,055.00

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