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October 26, 2007

Early Edition of a Long-Lived New York State Pocket Map

87. [MAP]. COLTON, J[oseph] H[utchins]. Colton’s Railroad & Township Map of New York, with Parts of the Adjoining States & Canada. Published by J. H. Colton & Co., No. 172 William St. New York 1854. [lower right above border] Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1852, by J. H. Colton, in the Clerks Office of the Dist. Court for the Southern Dist. of New York. J. M. Atwood Sculpt. [at upper left] Statistics of Population &c. New York: J. H. Colton, 1854. Lithograph map, original full color, wide floral border, border to border: 62.5 x 73.5 cm. Pocket map folded into original blind-embossed brown cloth covers (14.5 x 9 cm) gilt lettered on upper cover: Township Map of the State of New-York Published by J. H. Colton. On verso of upper cover is pasted a Colton ad: J. H. Colton, Map Publisher, No. 86 Cedar Street, New York, Publishes the following Maps, in Mounted and Pocket form, at Wholesale and Retail. Covers lightly rubbed at spine extremities and corners; except for minor splits at folds, a very fine, clean copy with bright coloring.

            Early edition of a map with copyright date of 1852. Rumsey 179 (listing the 1855 edition). As is typical with Colton maps, he constantly updated them, and this map stayed in print for several years after the first edition (see Lot 85 herein). A very grand and handsome map showing the state, towns, counties, canals, roads, and railroads in considerable detail, probably intended primarily for the traveller. A finely detailed map of the state showing it in the decade immediately following the Civil War. The primarily agrarian nature of the state is reflected in the population table, which lists far more farms than manufacturing establishments, the one exception being New York, which has only 168 farms, the fewest of any county, but 3,367 establishments, far more than any other jurisdiction. ($300-600)

Sold. Hammer: $400.00; Price Realized: $470.00

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