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Extremely clean 1855 Colton map of Minnesota. From the 1856 edition of Colton’s Atlas of the World. A virtually spotless map. Lovely full hand-color and impression. Two tiny, light margin spots. Clean and bright. A beauty. Covers territorial Minnesota, which included modern day North and South Dakota. When the map was drawn only a small portion of southeastern Minnesota hand been plated for settlement, the remainder of the territory was dominated by a number of large and powerful American Indian nations. These included the Yanktonnan and Chippewa. Identifies the Chippewa and Long Prairie Indian Agencies. Offers notes on the salinity of various lakes in the region and the locations of trading posts, such as the Scottsman Martin McLeod's Trading Post on the Minnesota River. This map further identifies various forts, rivers, rapids, fords, and an assortment of additional topographical details. Map is hand colored in pink, green, yellow and blue pastels to define territory and state boundaries. Surrounded by Colton's typical spiral motif border. 12.5 x 15.75 inches.

Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800 - 1893), known professionally as J.H. Colton, founded an American mapmaking company which was an international leader in the map publishing industry between 1831 and 1890. J.H. Colton Company maps were printed using engraved steel plates, which produced higher quality prints than maps made with less costly wax engravings. They were often individually hand watercolored and were recognized for their decorative borders.

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    Colton: Antique Map of Minnesota, 1855

    Estimate $70 - $80Nov 15, 2017
    New York, NY, USA
    Auction Curated By:
    Steve Kovacs
    Maps Expert