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AFRICA. North Eastern Sheet, Delta of the Nile. Colton c1855.

AFRICA. North Eastern Sheet, Delta of the Nile. Colton c1855.

by Colton, Joseph Hutchins

North Eastern Africa antique map c1855: Tripoli, Libyan Desert, Country of the Tibbus and Sahara Desert; Egypt with inset of Delta of the Nile; Nubia, Abyssinia and south including tribes of the Somali; Sennar across to Waday; across the Red Sea to Arabia with part of Asia, Turkey, Persia and Europe. with inset of Delta of the Nile. This is a spectacular, finely detailed antique map with tribes notated, and interesting historic and geographic detail, with the Yemen island of Socotra in the Arabian Gulf, extending through the decorative, Colton border. This map was published in 1855 by J.H. Colton & Co. No. 172 William Street New York with contemporary colour (as published).

Joseph Hutchins Colton established a successful map publishing firm with a reputation for decorative maps with intricately engraved borders. Colton was one of the earliest map-making businesses based in New York. JH Colton began publishing maps in the 1830s after purchasing the map plates of David H. Burr. Colton re-engraved the plates to reflect political changes and new discoveries. In the early 1850s Joseph's sons George Woolworth Colton and Charles B. Colton joined the family firm. George was the instigator of the elegant border engraving. Colton Company was financially assisted by Alvin Jewett Johnson who began working as a salesman for J.H. Colton & Company in 1856. AJ Johnson became absorbed with map-making and acquired Colton's steel-engraved map plates in 1859. Johnson, with a succession of partners, continued to produce maps in the Colton style until the late 19th century.

This is a beautiful and interesting map. The map has wide margins as published, but has age-related soiling to the edges of the page, and very fine damage to the extremities of the page. Priced in recognition of imperfections. Page size: 560 x 385mm (approx. 22 x 14 inches). To outside of engraved border: 400 x 330mm (15.75 x 13 inches)

Stock Number: amColton34Price: $180.00