1866 Mitchell Map of Texas
Description: A beautiful example of S. A. Mitchell Junior’s 1864 map of Texas and part of New Mexico. Highly detailed with notations on railroads, topographical features, springs and cities. Color coded at the county level, with Bexar, Young, Presidio, and El Paso exhibiting primitive configurations. Lower left hand quadrant features an inset map of Galveston Bay and Vicinity. One of the most attractive atlas maps of Texas to appear in the mid 19th century. Surrounded by the attractive floral border common to Mitchell atlases between 1860 and 1866. Prepared by S. A. Mitchell Jr. for inclusion as plate 34 in the 1866 issue of Mitchell’s New General Atlas. Like many American map publishers of this period, though he did update his maps, Mitchell did not update his copyrights, consequently this map is dated and copyrighted to 1860: “Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1860 by S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the U.S. for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.”
Date: 1866 (dated 1860)
Source: Mitchell, S. A., Mitchell's New General Atlas Containing Maps of the Various Countries of the World, Plans of Cities, Etc., embraced in Fifty-Five Quarto Maps, Forming a series of Eight-Seven Maps and Plans, together with Valuable Statistical Tables, 1866 edition.
References: Rumsey 0565.020. Phillips (Atlases) 831-16.
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 13.5 x 11 inches (34.29 x 27.94 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Blank on verso.
Code: Texas-mitchell-1866 (to order by phone call: 646-483-0487)