Colton 1856 Massachusetts and Rhode Island


“Massachusetts and Rhode Island.”  From Colton’s Atlas of America.  New York” J.H. Colton & Co., [1855]-1856.  12 3/4 x 15 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 and the Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift.  This map with its fine detail, is a strong example of their successful work.  The map presents the counties with contrasting pastel shades, and includes depictions of towns, roads, railroads, rivers, and some topography.  Each feature is labeled neatly, and the information given extends to beyond the borders of the state. This is an attractive map as well as an interesting historical document.