Colton’s Map of Florida.

Rare 19th century pocket map of Florida by American Mapmaker J. H. Colton

Colton’s Map of Florida.

COLTON, George Woolworth and Charles B.


Item Number: 127045

New York: J. H. Colton, 1872.

Rare hand-colored lithographed pocket map of Florida with an inset of the Keys. One page, with hand-colored borders and counties, the map folds into the publisher’s original 16 mo. cloth binding with gilt titles to the front panel. In very good condition.

Founded by Joseph Hutchins Colton in 1831, American mapmaking firm J. H. Colton was an international leader in the map publishing industry throughout the second half of the 19th century. Colton employed some of the preeminent engravers of the time, including David H. Burr, Samuel Stiles, John Disturnell and D. Griffing Johnson and primarily created railroad maps, immigrant guides, folding pocket maps, large wall maps, and elaborate atlases. J.H. Colton Company maps were printed using engraved steel plates, which produced higher quality prints than maps made with less costly wax engravings. They were often individually hand-colored and recognized for their decorative borders. In the early 1850s Colton brought his two sons into the business, George Woolworth Colton and Charles B. Colton.

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