Original hand coloured steel engraved map of Asia showing the Chinese Empire, Siam Birmah, anam (Cambodia) and the Malay Peninsula with Singapore, Malacca and Penang clearly marked. This map is an excellent example of a first edition Colton map of Asia derived from an earlier wall map of the world produced by Colton and Johnson. Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893) was an important American map and atlas publisher active from 1833 to 1897. He moved to New York in 1831 befriending engraver Samuel Stiles. Colton recognised the emerging market in railroad maps and immigrant guides. Not a cartographer himself, he purchased the copyright of other cartographers, notably David H Burr and reissued his maps with updated information and decorative borders. Colton’s Atlas of the World was published in 1856 all with the spiral border that became a hall mark of Colton atlases well into the 1880’s.