“J.H. Colton’s Colorado and New Mexico.” From Colton’s Condensed Octavo Atlas of the Union. New York: J.H. Colton, 1864. 10 1/2 x 7 7/8. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.
An unusual small map of Colorado and New Mexico by one of the leading map publishers of the middle of the nineteenth century, J.H. Colton. Colton’s firm, out of New York, published folding and wall maps, and beginning in 1855, a series of folio atlases. Just after the Civil War, Colton issued his Octavo Atlas of the Union. The maps retained Colton’s careful detail and attractive coloring. This map shows the major topographical features in the states, as well as towns and cities. Of particular interest are indications of the Pony Express Route into Denver, the “Explored Route for the Pacific R.R.” running into New Mexico from the Canadian River, and the Cimarron branch of the Santa Fe Trail.