1861 Mitchell Map of Iowa and Missouri
Description: This beautiful 1861 map of Iowa and Missouri shows cities and towns in considerable detail, and counties differentiated by delicate pastels. Notes important river systems, railways, canals, and cities. Updated from the 1860 variant in 1861 to reflect the rapid settlement of this region by European Americans in the mid-19th century. One of the most attractive American atlas maps of this region to appear in the period. Features the floral border typical of Mitchell maps from the 1860-65 period. Prepared as plate no. 40 in the General Atlasby the legendary American map publisher Samuel Augustus Mitchell Jr. Dated and copyrighted, “Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1861 by S. Augustus Mitchell in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the U.S. for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.”
Date: 1861 (dated)
Source: Mitchell Jr., S. A., Mitchell's New General Atlas, 1861.
References: Rumsey 2483.032 (1870 edition). Phillips (Atlases) 831-75. New York Public Library, Map Division, 1510817.
Cartographer: Samuel Augustus Mitchell (March 20, 1792 - December 20, 1868) Senior began his map publishing career in the early 1830s. Having worked as a school teacher, Mitchell was frustrated with the low quality and inaccuracy of school texts of the period. His first maps were an attempt to rectify this problem. In the next 20 years Mitchell would become the most prominent American map publisher of the mid-19th century. Mitchell worked with prominent engravers J. H. Young, H. S. Tanner, and H. N. Burroughs before attaining the full copyright on his maps in 1847. In 1849 Mitchell teamed up with printer Cowperthwait & Company to produce the Mitchell's Universal Atlas and the Mitchell's General Atlas. In the late 1850s most of the Mitchell copyrights were bought by Desilver and Co. who continued to publish his maps, many with modified borders and color schemes, until Mitchell's son, Samuel Augustus Mitchell Junior, entered the picture. S.A. Mitchell Jr. purchased most of the copyrights back from Desilver and, from 1860 on, published his own New General Atlas. The younger Mitchell became as prominent as his father and published atlases well into the late 1880s when most of the copyrights were again sold and the Mitchell firm closed its doors for the final time. Click here for a list of rare maps from Samuel Augustus Mitchell.
Size: Printed area measures 12 x 14.75 inches (30.48 x 37.465 centimeters)
Condition: Very Good. Even overall toning.
Code: IowaMissouri-mitchell-1861 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)