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October 26, 2007

84. [MAP]. COLTON, G[eorge Woolworth] & C[harles] B. Colton’s New Mexico and Arizona Published by G. W. & C. B. Colton & Co. No. 172 William St. New York. 1877. [above lower neat line] Entered according to Act of Congress, in the Year 1873 by G. W. & C. B. Colton & Co in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington. New York, 1877. Lithograph map on bank note paper, full original color, borders outlined in vivid rose, arabesque border. Neat line to neat line: 37.2 x 58.3 cm. Map including border: 41.3 x 62.5 cm. Folded into pocket covers (14.5 x 9.1 cm), original dark brown cloth, blind embossed on both covers, lettering in gilt on upper cover: Colton’s Map of New Mexico and Arizona G. W. & C. B. Colton & Co., printed maize advertisement leaf affixed to verso of upper cover: G. W. & C. B. Colton & Co. (Successors of J. H. Colton) Publishers of Maps, Atlases, Guide-Books, Etc.... Covers lightly rubbed with small losses at corners, small paper losses at inner center of covers (no loss of ad leaf text, map with a few small ink spots, some clean splits at folds (a few minor losses), generally very good, with excellent original color.

            Rare pocket map version of Colton’s map of Arizona and New Mexico, with parts of Nevada, California, the Mexican border, Kansas, Colorado, and Texas (western Panhandle, “Camp Stockton,” and China Ponds to El Paso). Located are Native American reservations, railroads (existing and proposed, including the Southern Pacific route), mining districts, forts, geological features, and many towns and villages.

            Colton’s map emporium, founded by Joseph H. Colton in the early 1830s, dominated atlas and map publishing in the United States until almost the end of the nineteenth century. The present map was published by his sons, who took over the firm in the 1860s. Walter W. Ristow observes that at a time when most major U.S. cartographic publishers adopted wax engravings, the Coltons continued using traditional lithography and engraving techniques. ($1,000-2,000)

Sold. Hammer: $1,300.00; Price Realized: $1,527.50

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