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Colton's Connecticut, with portions of New York and Rhode Island
Publisher:Published by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. , American, founded 1865
After a work by:After a work by J. H. Colton & Co. , American, founded 1831
Lithography; black printer's ink and watercolor on wove paper, in cardboard covers
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 12 3/4 x 15 1/4in. (32.4 x 38.7cm) Sheet (height x width): 13 1/4 x 15 7/8in. (33.7 x 40.3cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Malvina Stevens
Gallery Copy: The Connecticut Historical Society has numerous editions of this map of Connecticut, which first appeared in Colton's Atlas of the World, published in New York by J. H. Colton & Co. in 1855. Over the next twenty years, the same map was repeatedly reissued by Colton and his sons. It is interesting to compare the different editions and to note just how rarely changes were made, even though many new towns were being added to Connecticut during this period. This 1868 edition appears to be virtually identical with the 1867 and 1869 editions. Only the dates have been changed. None of the maps includes the towns of Sprague, incorporated in 1861, or Middlefield, incorporated in 1866. On all three, the last new town to appear is Morris, which was incorporated in 1859.
Description: Pocket map of Connecticut, with western Rhode Island, Long Island and eastern New York. State boundaries are outlined in red, and Connecticut's counties are also outlined in red. The state is further divided into towns, colored pink, green, or yellow. Railroads and common roads are depicted on the map. Railroad lines include New York and New Haven; Danbury and Norwalk; Housatonic; Naugatuck; New Haven and Northampton; Hartford, Providence and Fishkill; New Haven, Hartford and Springfield; New Haven and New London; Norwich and Worcester; and New London, Willimantic and Palmer. The New York and Boston Air Line is marked with a different line, possibly indicating a proposed railroad. Cities are depicted with clusters of dots, and county towns, towns and villages are represented with different circles. Physical features include elevation, conveyed with hachures marks; rivers; and ponds and lakes.
Cartographic Note: Scale: 1 inch equals 10 miles
Inscription: Front cover, gold tooled: "COLTON'S / MAP OF / CONNECTICUT / G.W. & C.B. COLTON & Co." Inside cover, top, printed in black ink: "MAPS, ATLASES, & GUIDE-BOOKS. / G.W. & C.B. COLTON & CO., / (SUCCESSORS OF J.H. COLTON,) / No. 172 William Street, New York. / G.W. COLTON. C.B. COLTON L.A. ROBERTS." Top left, handwritten in pencil: "82916" Recto, bottom right, printed in black ink: "COLTON'S / CONNECTICUT / WITH PORTIONS OF / NEW YORK & RHODE ISLAND. / PUBLISHED BY G.W. AND C.B. COLTON & Co. No. 172 WILLIAM ST. NEW YORK. / 1868" Bottom, printed in black ink: "Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1855, by J.H. Colton & Co. in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York" Verso, center, handwritten in pencil: "Maps / 82916" Center, handwritten in blue ink: "1868 / Map of / Conn"
Object Number: 1983.193.0
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