Scarce map of the Roman Empire, which appears only in later editions of the Colton Atlas. Includes 9 inset maps, illustrating Anglo-Saxon Britain in 1050; Britain as known to the Romans, the Roman Empire after the Division 364 and 395 A.D.; Europe before the French Revolution, Europe during the time of Napoleon I, Chart showing the general directions of the Invasions of the Barbarians on the Fall of the Roman Empire, Ancient Greece, Ancient Italy and France in Provinces. A fascinating historical map.
G. W. & C. B. Colton was a prominent family firm of mapmakers who were leaders in the American map trade in the nineteenth century. The business was founded by Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893) who bought copyrights to existing maps and oversaw their production. By the 1850s, their output had expanded to include original maps, guidebooks, atlases, and railroad maps. Joseph was succeeded by his sons, George Woolworth (1827-1901) and Charles B. Colton (1831-1916). The firm was renamed G. W. & C. B. Colton as a result. George is thought responsible for their best-known work, the General Atlas, originally published under that title in 1857. In 1898, the brothers merged their business and the firm became Colton, Ohman, & Co., which operated until 1901, when August R. Ohman took on the business alone and dropped the Colton name.