Auction 126, Lot 54

"Mountains & Rivers", Colton, Joseph Hutchins

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1855 (dated)

Publication: Atlas of the World

Color: Hand Color

23.7 x 16.4 inches
60.2 x 41.7 cm

This great double-page chart, showing the major rivers and mountains of the world, is Colton's first 1856 edition. The map is divided diagonally in an interesting composition. In the upper portion, scores of rivers are named and drawn to indicate their relative lengths. The lower half of the sheet features stylized renderings of the mountains organized by continent and drawn to indicate their relative heights. Volcanoes are shown erupting and major cities are shown at their respective elevations. The map is surrounded by Colton's distinctive scroll-style border. A large thematic map.


Condition: A

A very nice example that is flawless save for a little marginal edge toning and the slightest hint of offsetting near the center. Early, crisp impression, fine original hand coloring and full margins.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 12/3/2008