“Colton’s Illinois.” New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co., 1866. 12 3/4 x 15 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Some light stains in lower right. Else, very good condition. With inset: “Vicinity of Chicago.”
An original antique map of Illinois by J.H. Colton & Co. From the mid-nineteenth century on, the lead in American map publishing swung from Philadelphia to New York. The firm of J.H. Colton and its successors played a large role in this shift, producing accurate and up-to-date maps that had a wide distribution. This is a nice example of the firm’s output, showing Illinois with copious detail, including the many railroad lines throughout the state. An inset of Chicago is included in the lower left.