J.H. Colton. “Philadelphia.”
New York: J. H. Colton & Co., 1857. 16 x 13 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand-coloring. Very good condition.
In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift. This map of Philadelphia, with its fine detail, is a strong example of their successful work. The map presents the area of downtown Philadelphia showing the city divided by wards in contrasting pastel shades. Information is copious, including significant buildings and the railroad lines entering Philadelphia. This attractive map is one of the best maps of the city in the mid-nineteenth century; a worthwhile historical document.