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Colton, J.H.

Published by Colton (1856)

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Item Description: Colton, 1856. Pamphlet. Book Condition: Good. Map is 18.5 x 16 inches, Elaborate border, Hand WaterColored in Pastels, brown waterstain runs across map from left to right, mainly visible in North Sea area. Very noticeable and a major defect of map. My original price on this Extremely Attractive Map was $150.00; now reduced to $15.00. (Map is dated 1855)(Inset at upper left show Amsterdam & Brussels). Bookseller Inventory # 024391

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J.H. Colton

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Item Description: 1875. Book Condition: Good. For over 60 years, the Colton family was one the most prolific and successful map publishers of maps and atlases in the United States. Joseph Hutchins Colton was born in Longmeadow, Massachusetts in 1830. Colton worked in a general merchandise store in Lennox, Massachusetts from 1816 to 1829, when he became the night clerk at the United States Post Office in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1830, he relocated to New York City, where he humbly began his publishing business in 1831, although the first item known to bear his imprint is dated 1833. The earliest known item to bear Coltonís imprint is S. Stiles & Companyís re-issue of David Burrís map of New York State, which had first been published in 1830. In the same year, Colton issues a map of the City of New York drawn by Burr for New-York As It Is In 1833, published by John Disturnell. Coltonís next cartographic venture was in 1835, when he acquired the rights to John Farmerís seminal maps of Michigan and Wisconsin. Another early and important Colton work is his Topographical Map of the City and County of New York and a the Adjacent Country . . . in 1836. Colton began issuing in 1839 his Western Tourist and Emigrantís Guide, which was originally issued by J. Calvin Smith. During this first 10 years, Colton did not have a resident map engraver, and relied upon copyrights purchased from other map makers, most often S. Stiles & Company, and later Stiles, Sherman & Smith. Smith was a charter member of the American Geographical and Statistical Society, as was John Disturnell. This connection would bear fruit for Colton during the early period in his career, helping him to acquire the rights to a number of great maps. By 1850, the Colton firm was one of the primary publishers of guidebooks and immigrant and railroad maps. In 1846, Coton published Coltonís Map of the United States of America, British Possessions . . . his first venture into the wall map business. This work would be issued until 1884 and was the first of several successful wall maps issued by the firm, including collaborative works with D.G. Johnson (not to be confused with Alvin Jewett Johnson, who began publishing a rival atlas publication in 1860. From the 1840s to 1855, the firm focused on the production of railroad maps and later published a number of Civil War maps. In 1855, Colton finally issued his first atlas, Coltonís Atlas of the World . . . issued in two volumes in 1855 and 1856, but later in 1857, the work was reduced to a single volume under the title of Coltonís General Atlas, which was published in largely the same format until 1888. It is in this work that George Woolworth (GW) Coltonís name appears for the first time. Born in Lennox in 1827 and lacking formal training as a mapmaker, GW Colton joined his fatherís business and would later help it to thrive. His brother Charles B. (CB) Colton would also join the firm. Beginning in 1859, the General Atlas gives credit to Johnson & Browning, a credit which disappears after 1860, when Johnson & Browning launch their own atlas venture, Johnsonís New Illustrated (Steel Plate) Family Atlas . . .which bears Coltonís name as the publisher in the 1860 and 1861 editions. J.H. Colton published a number of smaller Atlases and School Geographies, including his Atlas of America (1854-56), his Illustrated Cabinet Atlas . . . of 1859, Coltonís Condensed Cabinet Atlas of Descriptive Geography (1864) and Coltonís Quarto Atlas of the World (1865). From 1850 to the early 1890s, the firm also published a number of School Atlases and Pocket Maps. Map. Bookseller Inventory # 000219

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J.H. Colton [publisher]

Published by J.H. Colton 1855 (1855)

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Item Description: J.H. Colton 1855, 1855. Good plus or better, light general wear 17 1/4"x14 3/4" Images of all maps available upon request. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS025099

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Colton, J.H

Published by J.H. Colton & Co.,, New York: (1857)

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Item Description: J.H. Colton & Co.,, New York:, 1857. Unbound, colored engraved map, 16" x 13". Some browning and aging, and a little finger soiling and some creasing in margins, small margin tear in margin, repaired with archival tape; overall in very good condition. Maps are wrapped with acid free board, or in rigid sleeves.ÃāÂ Beginning with J. H. Colton (1800-1893), the Colton family published atlases for over 30 years. Colton's Atlas of the World was first published in 1855 in a large two volume set. In 1857 it became Colton's General Atlas, and Colton's sons, George Woolworth and Charles B. would take over the business. This map of Holland and Belgium is from the 1857 edition of Colton's General Atlas, even though the copyright date on the map is 1855. The map is colorful with a fair amount of detail, and includes small inserts featuring Amsterdam and Brussels. Extra postage may be required.ÃāÂ Ristow 313-326. Bookseller Inventory # 106123

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