Pocket Map Issue of Colton’s 1856 Map of Kentucky & Tennessee

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268. [MAP]. COLTON, J[oseph] H[utchins] & Company. Kentucky and Tennessee Published by J.H. Colton & Co. No. 172 William St. New York. 1856. [above lower neat line at left] Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1855 by J.H. Colton & Co. in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York. New York, 1856. Steel-engraved map, original hand coloring, ornate spiral-motif border; neat line to neat line: 28.4 x 35.8 cm; border to border: 33 x 40 cm; overall sheet size: 35,2 x 42.5 cm (eastern and western Tennessee extend slightly beyond ornate borders), folded into original brown embossed cloth covers (13 x 8.5 cm), upper cover gilt lettered: Map of Kentucky & Tennessee-J.H. Colton and in blind on lower cover,printed leaf (with publisher’s ad) affixed to verso of upper cover: Maps, Atlases, Guides, Books, Etc., Published by J.H. Colton & Co., 172 William Street, New York. Minor splits at a few folds (no losses), adhesive staining to left margin where originally affixed to pocket covers (affecting border), overall very good.

     The map first appeared in Colton’s 1855 atlas (see Phillips, Atlases 816 & Rumsey 0149.043). The map locates towns, rivers, forts, roads, railroads, mountain passes, and various topographical details. The map is colored in full pink, green, yellow, and blue pastels to define counties; state and territorial boundaries are in rich rose. One of the places shown in Logan County, Kentucky, is Russellville, birthplace of Benjamin Franklin Terry, the original organizer and commander of Terry’s Texas Rangers, which would see extensive action in this area during the Civil War. Colton reissued the map in larger format and mounted on cartographical cloth for use of officers in the Civil War.


Sold. Hammer: $300.00; Price Realized: $367.50.

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