1890 Mitchell Plan or Map of Chicago, Illinois

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1890 Mitchell Plan or Map of Chicago, Illinois


Mitchell's plan of the city of Chicago, Illinois.


  1887 (dated)     14.5 x 11.5 in (36.83 x 29.21 cm)     1 : 31680


This hand colored map or plan of the city of Chicago dates to 1890 and was issued by the important American map publisher Samuel Augustus Mitchell, the younger. It covers from thirty first street northward to Fullerton Avenue. The map covers the city in considerable detail, noting rivers, parks, individual streets, railways, tunnels, and other important information. Prepared for inclusion in the 1890 issue of Mitchell’s New General Atlas. Copyrighted 1887 by the engraver and printer, Wm. M. Bradley and Bros.


Samuel Augustus Mitchell (March 20, 1792 - December 20, 1868) 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 either partnered with or sold his plates to Thomas, Cowperthwait and Company who continued to publish the Mitchell's Universal Atlas. By about 1856 most of the Mitchell plates and copyrights were acquired by Charles Desilver who continued to publish the maps, many with modified borders and color schemes, until Mitchell's son, Samuel Augustus Mitchell Junior, entered the picture. In 1859, S.A. Mitchell Jr. purchased most of the plates back from Desilver and introduced his own floral motif border. From 1860 on, he published his own editions of the New General Atlas. The younger Mitchell became as prominent as his father, publishing maps and atlases until 1887, when most of the copyrights were again sold and the Mitchell firm closed its doors for the final time. Learn More...


Mitchell, S. A., Mitchell's New General Atlas, 1890.    


Very good. Minor foxing.


Rumsey 0594.035.