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1850 Mitchell Map Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Philadelphia.
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Price: $200.00
Title:    Philadelphia.

Description:    A fine example of Thomas Cowperthwait and S. A. Mitchell’s 1850 map of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The whole is engraved in Mitchell’s distinctive style with green border work and vivid pastels. The map identified all major streets, buildings, and city wards. A table to the right of the map proper, in the midst of the Delaware River, assigns Public Buildings, Hotels, Churches, and Banks numerical codes. This map was prepared by S. A. Mitchell for publication by the Philadelphia firm of Thomas Cowperthwait & Co. as plate no. 14 in the 1850 edition of Mitchell’s New General Atlas.

Date:    1850 (undated)

Source:    Mitchell, S. A., A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World, (Thomas Cowperthwait & Co., Philadelphia) 1850.    

References:    Rumsey 0545.018. Phillips (Atlases) 814.

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 13 x 16 inches (33.02 x 40.64 centimeters)

Scale:    1 : 17000

Condition:    Very good condition. Blank on verso.

Code:   Philadelphia-mitchell-1850 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)


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