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Africa - Southern Sheet

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Africa - Southern Sheet : J. H. Colton

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A detailed yet attractive map of Southern Africa and Madagascar, covering the region from Zanzibar and Lower Guinea to Cape Colony. A large "Unexplored Region" appears in the interior, with several annotations and early information for the region. Many placenames, rivers, lakes, mountains, etc. appear making it unusually detailed for the period. Joseph Hutchins Colton and George Woolworth Colton were heavily involved in the Colton publishing firm of New York that was founded 1831. The firm's output was prolific throughout the nineteenth century and the Coltons' atlases were later re-published by Ivison and by Sheldon & Company. A resurgence of atlas production in general during the 1840s and 1850s in the United States reflected an emerging mass market fuelled by increased prosperity and mobility. The Colton firm produced large wall maps of the United States and expanded their operations to include gazetteers and atlases. The latter were published from 1855 to 1884. Colton's maps are often characterized bydecorative borders embellished with interweaving vines, marking them as products of the Victorian period.
mapmaker: J. H. Colton  
place and date of publication: New York 1855 -
medium and colour: Lithograph, Original Colour
size in mm: 330 by 400mm (13 by 15.75 inches).
ref: 43627

Price: £ 160£ 96

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