Chili La Plata and Uruguay. / South Part of Patagonia.
1850 (undated) 15.5 x 12.5 in (39.37 x 31.75 cm)
An extremely attractive example of S. A. Mitchell Sr.'s 1853 map of Chili, La Plata and Uruguay. Covers the south part of South America from Bolivia and Paraguay south to Tierra del Fuego. Includes the modern day nations of Chili, Argentina and Uruguay with parts of Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil. An inset in the lower right quadrant details the southern part of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, and the Falkland Islands. Shows South America's highest mountian, the 'Volcan de Aconcagua,' on the border between Mendoza and Chili. Offers various interesting annotations regarding the indigenous peoples of the region. Color coded according to region. Surrounded by the green border common to Mitchell maps from the 1850s. Prepared by S. A. Mitchell for issued as plate no. 44 in the 1853 edition of his New Universal Atlas.
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.
A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World. (1853 issue)
Very good condition. Overall toning and minor offsetting. Blank on verso.
Rumsey 0537.043 (1846 edition). Phillips (Atlases) 6103-42.