Persia, Arabia, and Afghanistan.
1850 12.5 x 15.5 in (31.75 x 39.37 cm)
This beautiful hand colored map is a lithographic engraving of Persian and Arabia, dating to 1850, by the legendary American map publisher S.A. Mitchell, the elder. Includes what is today Saudi Arabia, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. Many fascinating features including desert oases, caravan routes, and camps, as well as both political and geographical information. Dated and copyrighted: '1850 by Thomas Cowperthwait & co. in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania..'
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.
Very good condition. Repaired and largely invisible tear to the upper margin extending into the map by about 1.5 inches. Else very clean. Wide clean margins. Blank on verso.