Colton 1856 Boston


“Map of Boston and Adjacent Cities.”  From Colton’s Atlas of America.  New York: J.H. Colton, [1856]-1856.  14 x 11 1/4.  Lithograph.  Full original hand-coloring.  Very good condition.

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In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York.  The Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift.  This map of Boston, with its fine detail, is a strong example of their successful work.  The map presents the area of downtown Boston today with an inset showing the great area in contrasting pastel shades.  The major mode of transportation was the new and vibrant railroad system that was growing at the time.  An attractive map as well as a worthwhile historical document.