The “New Medium” Colton Pocket Map Of Texas 1876

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261. [MAP]. COLTON, G[eorge] W[oolworth] & C[harles] B. Colton’s “New Medium” Map of the State of Texas From the latest & Most Authentic Sources. Published by G.W. and C.B. Colton & Co. 172 William St. New York, [scale] 1876. [above neat line at lower right] Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1872 by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington. [4 insets at lower left] Plan of the Northern Part or “Panhandle” of Texas on the same scale as the main map; Plan of Matagorda Bay; Plan of Sabine Lake; Plan of Galveston Bay from the U.S. Coast Survey. New York, 1876. Lithograph map on bank note paper, original pastel wash and bright rose outline of Texas border, ornate intertwining flower, bird, and vine border. Neat line to neat line: 44 x 65 cm; border to border: 49.5 x 65.7 cm; overall sheet size: 51 x 68 cm. Folded into pocket covers (14.5 x 9.3 cm), original dark brown embossed cloth, Colton’s Map of Texas G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. lettered in gilt on upper cover, leaf printed on pale yellow paper affixed to verso of front board: G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co., (Successors of J. H. Colton) Publishers of Maps, Atlases, Guide-Books, Etc.... Professionally restored and laid down on acid-free tissue, spine neatly restored. Very fine. Rare.

    Taliaferro (cf. 362) lists an 1877 edition that was copyrighted in 1872, as here, and which appears to be the same map. Not in Day, Phillips, etc. Another very detailed and reliable map of Texas from the never-ending stream of nineteenth-century Colton cartographic productions, here in the very scarce pocket map format. The Colton firm was one of the leading mapmakers of the day, producing excellent, detailed maps like the present one, based on the most up-to-date and reliable sources. The map shows an expanding Texas, here divided into counties to the 23rd meridian, part of which expansion was caused when the State of Texas created twenty-three counties in 1858 alone. West Texas, however, is still basically unsettled and divided into four large areas (El Paso, Presidio, Pecos, and Young). As an example of Colton’s detail, in Llano County, the tiny community of Bluffton is shown on the Colorado River. On a grander scale, numerous railroads are depicted in East Texas, and some lines previously only projected are now shown as completed.


Sold. Hammer: $1,700.00; Price Realized: $2,082.50.

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