1846 Mitchell's Map of Texas Oregon and California
Description: A stunning example of Mitchell’s seminal 1846 pocket map of Texas, Oregon, Upper California, Missouri Territory, the Indian Territory (Oklahoma, though in this example including most of Kansas and Colorado). This important map of Texas is one of the first widely-circulated maps of the early statehood period. This map shows the borders of Texas extending to Santa Fe. Also includes Texas’ claim to the Upper Rio Grande in present day New Mexico. These claims were eventually given up in the 1850 “Great Compromise”, wherein the U.S. Federal Government assumed Texas’ public debt. To make this map Mitchell compiled the mappings of Arrowsmith (1841), Fremont, Emory, Wilkes, and Nicollet, as well as making use of data from the Louis & Clark expedition. This map was very popular when issued due to general interest in the new state of Texas as well as the Mexican-American war, which started the same year the map was issued. Brigham Young, the Mormon Moses, famously ordered six copies of this map when planning the 1847 Mormon migration west. One of the most important maps in American history. Accompanied by a 46 page text entitled Accompaniment to Mitchell’s New Map of Texas, Oregon and California, includes among the best contemporary descriptions of Oregon and California. Removed from but accompanied by the original 16mo gilt-lettered roan folder.
Date: 1846 (dated)
References: Phillips (America) 202. Wheat (Transmississippi) 520. Wheat (Gold) 29. Cohen (Westward Movement) 134-135.
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 22.5 in height x 21 inches in width (57.15 x 53.34 centimeters)
Condition: Very good condition. Printed on thin paper. Folds into 16mo folder from which it has been detached for framing purposes. Several discrete and professional verso reinforcements along original fold lines.
Code: TXORCA-mitchell-1846 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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