RARE AND UNUSUAL PROJECTION OF U.S. POSTAL ROUTES

 

$5,800

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AUTHOR:

COLTON, G.W. AND C.B

TITLE:

Section of a Correct Map of the United States Showing the Great National Post Routes between Boston, New York, Washington, Cincinnati, Chattanooga New Orleans and the South West... Engraved Printed and Manufactured by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. No. 172 William St. New York.

CONDITION:

24-¾” x 84-½”. Excellent, unrestored condition, full original color.

DATE:

1868

DESCRIPTION:

In 1868, the Colton company published this monumental wall map of the eastern part of the United States to delineate the postal routes in place following the Civil War. This horizontally oriented map measures a mammoth 24 ¾” x 84 ½”, with a scale of 20 miles to an inch; the Library of Congress’s copy is the only other example that can be located.

A map with a more conventional projection, but with the same title, was engraved and published by Colton in 1869. Though an entirely different map, it can be confused with the map being offered here. Our 1868 map shows the routes between “Boston, New York, Washington, Cincinnati, Chattanooga, New Orleans and the cities of the Southwest.” The unusual projection was required to encompass all of the cities connected by the postal routes. While the map shows railroad systems, it is not in Modelski’s
Railroad Maps of the United States.

REFERENCES:

Philips, p. 917.

Inventory No. 8207

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