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J.H. Colton’s 1855 Map of Lake Superior and The Northern Part of Michigan

Order Code: COL-1855-SUPERIOR Categories: ,

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Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893) started one of the premier map publishing firms in the U.S. His first printed map dated 1833, was a reprint of David Burrs map of the state of New York. The Colton firm was one of the primary publishers of guidebooks, immigrant maps, and railroad maps. In 1855 Colton issued his first atlas, “Colton’s Atlas of the World.” They refused to compromise quality, choosing to compete for sales in the finer quality international market rather than the inexpensive domestic one. Because of this, all maps were engraved by steel plates rather than by wax engraving which was the most common method used at this time. This map is very detailed with identification of provinces and or regions, cities, towns and villages, transportation routes including rail roads, common roads, and canals, rivers and lakes, battle fields, and mountain ranges. Each map has beautiful muted red, green, tan, pink, and yellow hand coloring. Art Source International is proud and excited to offer maps from this very rare atlas. We have been in the antique map business for over forty years and these are the true first edition maps (1855) we have ever offered. Don’t wait too long to purchase this piece of American mapping history!

Size: 16.5 x 13.25 inches
Condition: Very Good
Map Maker: J.H. Colton & Co.
Original Production Year: 1855
Coloring: Original Hand Color

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