G.W. & C.B. Colton

G.W. & C.B. Colton

G. W. & C. B. Colton was a prominent family firm of mapmakers who were leaders in the American map trade in the nineteenth century. The business was founded by Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893) who bought copyrights to existing maps and oversaw their production. By the 1850s, their output had expanded to include original maps, guidebooks, atlases, and railroad maps. Joseph was succeeded by his sons, George Woolworth (1827-1901) and Charles B. Colton (1831-1916). The firm was renamed G. W. & C. B. Colton as a result. George is thought responsible for their best-known work, the General Atlas, originally published under that title in 1857. In 1898, the brothers merged their business and the firm became Colton, Ohman, & Co., which operated until 1901, when August R. Ohman took on the business alone and dropped the Colton name.


1866 - Colton's Greece and the Ionian Republic

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Detailed map of the Greek Islands, showing towns, mountains, rivers, roads, lakes, gulfs, bays, etc. Decorative border. A terrific regional map, from JH Colton, one of the most prolific American mapmakers of the mid-19th Century.


1868 - National Flags

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Scarce Colton chart showing the flags of the World, featuring multiple British and American Flags.


1867 - Colton's Map of the United States of America, Showing the Country from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

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Scarce map of the whole United States following the Civil War, published by G.W. & C.B. Colton. The map includes eight vignette scenes around or within the decorative floral border, and a large inset map at lower left, "United States of America...


1874 - Colton's Travelers Map of the United States The Showing Counties, Railroads, etc. . . . 1874

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Detailed map of the United States, extending west to just before the Rocky Mountains. Includes an excellent overview of the railroads then in operation.


1876 - Colton's Railroad Map Intermediate Size of the United States Reduced from Colton's Railroad & Commercial Map of the United States.

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Rare Colton Railroad Map of the United States Highly detailed railroad map of the United States, issued by GW & CB Colton. The main map extends to Texas, Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Indian Territory. Completed railroad lines are shown with...


1887 - Map Showing The Pacific Railways and Their Branches. Prepared for the United States Pacific Railway Commission.

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Mapping the Railroads of the Transmississippi West. Highly detailed map of the Western United States, illustrating the railroads in operation and under construction west of the Mississippi River. The key at the lower left identifies the Central...


1885 - G. Woolworth Colton's Railroad, Township & Distance Map of New England with adjacent portions of New York, Canada & New Brunswick.

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Colton's large-scale folding map of New England, with an inset map of the eastern portion of Massachusetts. The map provides an excellent level of detail, especially with regard to the railroad lines, which are illustrated and named. Hand-coloring is...


1855 - The Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny with Parts of Adjacent Boroughs [with] The City of Cincinnati Ohio.

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Two nice town maps on a single sheet, each with excellent detail and colored by ward. Early Pittsburgh maps are scarce. Decorative border. A terrific map, from JH Colton, one of the most prolific American mapmakers of the mid-19th century.


1881 - Colton's New Topographical Map of the States of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland & Delaware and Portions of other Adjoining States . . . 1881

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Fine large scale map of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, published by Colton. This is the second edition of a map originally published in 1866 to supply a detailed representation of the area of the civil war. The geographical data was...


1882 - Map of the Richmond and Louisville R.R. Connecting The Railroads of Virginia with the Railroads of Kentucky on the shortest route East and West from the Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic Ocean

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Fine large map illustrating the route of the Richmond & Louisville Railroad. Exceptionally detailed Railroad map of portions of Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee, on a scale of 12 miles per inch. Timber and coal regions are noted,...


1869 - Colton's Map of the State of West Virginia and parts of Adjoining States . . . 1869

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Early separately issued map of West Virginia, colored by counties. One of the earliest obtainable separate maps of West Virginia, following its becoming a state in 1863. There are very few separately issued maps of WV.


1870 - Colton's Map of the State of Alabama . . . 1870 (Pocket Map)

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Fine example of this early edition of Colton's large format pocket map of Alabama. A large scale and highly detailed map, drawn on a scale of two miles to the inch. Shows roads, railroad lines, cities and towns, rivers, lakes, and mountain ranges....


1871 - Colton's Georgia. 1871

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Separately Published Map of Georgia Scarce separately published pocket map edition of GW & CB Colton's map of Georgia. Shows roads, railroads, towns, villages, post offices, rivers, lakes, stations and a host of other details. Decorative border....


1866 - Map of the State of North Carolina, With portions of Adjoining States . . . 1866

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First edition of this scarce large format map of North Carolina, colored by counties, published by GW & CB Colton in New York, on a scale of 6 inches = 50 miles. Colton's map of North Carolina is one of the most detailed and largest commercial...


1872 - Colton's Texas

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Large format detailed map of Texas, with large insets of the northern panhandle, Galveston and Matagorda Bays and Sabine Lake. The map reflects the relative expansion of the counties of Texas, now plentiful in the east but virtually non-existent in the...


1879 - New Map of the State of Texas for 1879. Prepared Expressly for Hanford's Texas State Register.

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Scarce separately-issued version of Albert Hanford's map of Texas, originally published for his Texas State Register of 1879. The map was prepared by G.W. & C.B. Colton. The map includes a number of good insets: Plan of Sabine Lake; Plan of...