1846 Burrows - Mitchell Map of Ohio
Description: This scarce hand colored map is a lithographic engraving of Ohio dating to 1846 by the legendary American Mapmaker S.A. Mitchell, the elder. Includes a detailed inset map of Cincinnati. Along the bottom there is a profile of the Ohio Canal with navigational notes. This is a rare transitional map produced by the mysterious engraver H. N. Burroughs, whose work for the Mitchell firm appears in 1846 between that of H.S. Tanner and Mitchell himself. Ristow notes, 'Nothing is known about Burroughs, but he was undoubtedly an employee or associate of Mitchell.' His fine and detailed work appears only in the hard to find 1846 edition of the Mitchell's Atlas. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1846, by H. N. Burrows in the Clerks Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Date: 1846 (dated)
Source: Mitchell, S., A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World, 1846.
References: Rumsey 0537.029. Philips (Atlases) 6103.
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 14.5 inches (30.48 x 36.83 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 1400000
Condition: Very good. Minor overall toning. Blank on verso.
Code: OhioCanals-mitchell-1846 (to order by phone call: 646-483-0487)