"Virginia", Colton, Joseph Hutchins
Period: 1857 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
15 x 12.8 inches
38.1 x 32.5 cm
Uncommon pocket map of pre-Civil War Virginia, before the separation of West Virginia in 1863. West Virginia is one of only two states formed during the Civil War (the other is Nevada). The map is from the same plate as Colton's atlas map, with the same insets of Richmond and Norfolk, but it is printed on fine banknote paper and folds into embossed, brown cloth covers and gilt title (3.5 x 5.5"). The map is fully colored by counties. At upper right are two inset maps: Richmond Henrico County, Manchester and Spring Hill; and Norfolk, Portsmouth and Gosport. All surrounded by Colton's decorative scroll border. The paste-down inside the cover contains a list of items offered by the J. H. Colton Company at the time.
The map is near fine with just a little discoloration from the paste originally used to place it in the cover. The map is detached as the paste has, over the years, lost it's grip. The boards have an area of abrasion on the front with slight loss to the cloth about two inches long.