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Colton's majestic post-Civil War 1867 map of the United States backed on linen.

Place/Date: New York / 1867
Title: Colton’s Map of the United States of America Showing the Country from the Atlantic to the Pacific
87 x 151 cm (34¼ x 59½ in)
Original color
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Scarce map of the whole United States following the Civil War, with eight vignette scenes around or within the decorative floral border, and a large inset map at lower left: “United States of America Showing Isothermal Lines and Zones of Equal Average Temperature.”

The map shows the nearly-evolved boundaries of western states and territories, with the major unfinished delineation being Dakota and Wyoming attached as one; the proposed and nearly completed rail lines across the plains are shown, as are explorers’ routes, recent forts, and much comment about the country. The Gold Region of Colorado is prominently shown.

This is a map created for a customer base with great interest in the geography of a constantly expanding nation.

Condition Description

Hand-colored; backed with linen & sectioned for folding into lightly worn cloth slipcase.


Ristow, Walter W. American Maps and Mapmakers: Commercial Cartography in the Nineteenth Century. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1985; pp. 318-21.

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