"Colton's General Atlas, Containing One Hundred and Seventy Steel Plate Maps and Plans, on One Hundred Imperial Folio Sheets", Colton, Joseph Hutchins
Period: 1857 (published)
Color: Hand Color
15 x 18 inches
38.1 x 45.7 cm
Colton's single volume folio atlas contains 102 steel engraved maps, including 10 double-page sheets, plus the frontispiece. The lovely engraved frontispiece features eight viginettes of places around the world and a world globe at the bottom with other scholarly tools. This complete atlas includes the double-page map of Texas based on de Cordoba's large map. Also with the uncommon "Nebraska and Kanzas" map, the Territories of New Mexico and Utah, and the fine map of California with a large inset detailing San Francisco. The city plans of Paris and London are uncolored, as they always are in this atlas. The atlas is complete and sound. Hardbound, frontispiece, title page, list of maps, text and maps. A great example of this atlas.
The maps are generally clean with no serious flaws in the image and vary between very good to fine. Some with a little waterstain at one lower corner, outside of map image. Soft crease on title page. Covers are bumped at tips and a small portion of spine at bottom is lifting.