“Map of the Railroads of New England.” New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton, 1875. 30 x 16. Lithograph. Full original coloring. A few chips in upper left margin. Else, very good condition.
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. The firm issued both separate folding and wall maps and a number of fine atlases, filled with hand colored maps such as this one. This fine original antique map focusing on the railroads of New England exhibits the typical care with which the Colton firm produced their publications. Included in the bottom right is an inset of the eastern part of Maine rendered in the same scale as the rest of the map. Not only is this a good example of nineteenth century American cartography, but it is also an attractive artifact as well, with clear details and soft, original hand color.