Colton 1856 California


“California.”  From Colton’s Atlas of America.  New York” J.H. Colton & Co., [1855]-1856.  15 3/4 x 12 3/4.  Lithograph.  Original hand color.  Very good condition.

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A detailed and attractive map issued in 1856. In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York.  The J.H. Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift.  This map of California, with its fine detail, is a strong example of their successful work.  First issued as a pocket map in 1853, this map was one of the first maps of just California and it was very influential in the mapping of the state subsequently.  The counties are shown with contrasting pastel shades and rivers, lakes, swamps, and orography are neatly presented.  Also of interest are the indications of the early road network in the state.  A detailed inset map shows San Francisco.