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) 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.
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.