Physical Description:

Coloration - Hand Colored:

A hand colored item is a printed map that has been systematically colored by hand, regardless of medium. Include hand col. as "other physical details." Expansion of this basic statement should be included in a note.

This description is not used to describe colored manuscript maps, or otherwise uncolored maps that have colored annotations.

The distinction between hand colored and colored annotations is based on the cataloger’s assessments of how the work was issued. This assessment is often difficult due to the limited amount of information available concerning the item’s publication.

An item that was printed, engraved, photographed, etc., and was colored before it was issued is hand colored, since all maps in a particular issue were altered in the same way.

An item that was issued and was then colored in a manner unique t the copy, usually for the owner’s use, is annotated.