Plan of Boston.
1879 (dated) 13.5 x 21 in (34.29 x 53.34 cm)
A beautiful example of S. A. Mitchell Jr.'s 1879 map of Boston, Massachusetts. Covers Boston as far east as Brookline and as far south as Dorchester. Detailed to the level of individual buildings and streets. An inset in the lower right quadrant depicts Boston Harbor. Features the vine motif border typical of Mitchell maps from the 1866 - 1882 period. Prepared by S. A. Mitchell for inclusion as plate nos. 26 and 27 in the 1880 issue of Mitchell's New General Atlas. Dated and copyrighted, 'Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1879 by S. A. Mitchell in the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.'
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.
Mitchell's New General Atlas, containing Maps of the Various Countries of the World, Plans of Cities, Etc., Embraced in Fifty-three Quarto Maps, forming a series of Eighty-Four Map and Plans, together with Valuable Statistical Tables. (1880 Edition)
Very good condition. Original centerfold. Blank on verso.
Rumsey 0586.014. Phillips (Atlases) 892.