Auction 112, Lot 112

"[Lot of 2] Northern America - British, Russian & Danish Possessions of North America [and] Northern America", Colton, Joseph Hutchins

Subject: Canada and Alaska

Period: 1857-70 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

15.5 x 11.8 inches
39.4 x 30 cm

A nice pair of maps of Canada showing all the provinces and locating major rivers, lakes, and cities. Today's British Columbia and Yukon are here called New Georgia. Regions that make up today's Northwest Territory and Alberta are labeled Mackenzie River, Peace River, Athabasca, English River, Lesser Slave Lake, and Churchill. Extends to show most of Greenland and today's Alaska. The first map (15.5 x 11.8") is from the General Atlas and shows Alaska as Russian Possessions. The second map (16.2 x 12.2") has the "British, Russian & Danish Possessions of North America" removed from the title and features Colton's decorative strapwork style borders. Alaska, created in 1867, is so labeled and Helena is the capital of Montana. This map has many added towns, territories, topography, etc. An interesting pair of comparative maps that span thirteen years.


Condition: A

First with light even age toning and a few very light foxing spots. Second with some short marginal tears. Both still very good.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $110

Closed on 9/28/2005