1882 Colton & Co - Colton's Intermediate Railroad Map of the United States [in Edward Stanford slipcase]

Colton's best-selling 1882 large-format railroad map in four parts with old Stanford slipcase


Colton's Intermediate Railroad Map of the United States

Map maker:

George Woolworth Colton and Charles B. Colton, G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co.

Place and Year:

New York, 1882


136 x 228 cm (53½ x 82 in)




Outline color

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Map of the continental United States and part of Canada, with an inset of Mexico.

A close look at the incredible detail in this map and it is easy to understand why the railroad maps of the Colton firm were so commercially successful, with thousands of sales between 1850 and 1887.  The information includes indications of drainage, international, state and county boundaries, cities and towns.

Above all, this was a map for travelers, to be used while planning and taking a journey.  For this use the accuracy and thoroughness of railway routes was essential and this map does not disappoint.  Railroads are plotted with names of stops labeled offset along the line and routes under construction are indicated by dashed lines.

OCLC/WoldCat lists only two copies, at the Library of Congress and Pennsylvania State University.

Verso Text: Blank


Printed on 8 sheets, joined into 4 sheets, backed with linen and sectioned for folding, with old slipcase of English bookseller Edward Stanford. The 4 sheets each measure approx. 68 x 114 cm (26¾ x 41 in) plus margins.  Slight toning and dust soiling, a few neat repairs, a few short splits at dissections, very good.




Ristow, Walter W. American Maps and Mapmakers: Commercial Cartography in the Nineteenth Century. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1985; pp. 318-21, fig. 19-10.

Modelski, Railroad Maps of the United States, #60.