City Map of Savannah & Charleston, Colton, 1855
This original antique map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1855 by the prominent mapmaker Joseph Hutchins Colton. This highly detailed map is a rare example of a two part map depicting Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. Both city plans are drawn to the same scale, and both include details at street level within the two cities of streets, buildings, and railroads. The Savannah map includes historical information about the city as well as a key to the numbered wards within the city. The map of Charleston is also shown divided into wards. Topographical details of various waterways that flow within and around the cities are represented on both sides. These are two of the earliest city plans to be included in a commercial atlas. The two cities lie approximately 100 miles apart and share a great deal of history. Both are the oldest cities in their respective states with Charleston’s establishment in 1670, and Savannah’s establishment in 1733. This map has original hand coloring in shades of pink, green, and yellow. The map features a spiral border typical of Colton maps. This particular map comes from George Washington Colton’s 1855 Atlas of the World.
Plate size: 15 ½” x 12 ¾