1867 Mitchell Map of Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay

Map of Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay.  Map of Chili. - Main View

1867 Mitchell Map of Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay




Map of Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Map of Chili.
  1867 (dated)     11 x 14.5 in (27.94 x 36.83 cm)


A beautiful example of the legendary American map publisher Samuel Augustus Mitchell Jr.'s 1867 map of Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Chili. The map is divided into two parts. The map on the left depicts Chile with an inset map of the Island of Juan Fernandez. The right hand maps show Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay with inset plans of the Harbor of Bahia and the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro. Shows Bolivia with an outlet to the Sea and Patagonia as separate from the Argentine Republic and Chile. Following General Jose de san Martin's defeat of the Royalist forces and the subsequent liberation of Argentina, european and other Latin American settlers flocked to the region with dreams of rich farm lands and other natural wealth. This map also identifies various cities, towns, rivers and an assortment of additional topographical details. Map is color coded according to political boundaries with elevation rendered by hachure. One of the most attractive American atlas maps of this region to appear in the mid-19th century. Features the vine motif border typical of Mitchell maps from the 1866 - 1882 period. Prepared by S.A. Mitchell for inclusion as plate no. 64 in the 1867 issue of Mitchell's New General Atlas. Dated and copyrighted, 'entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1867 by S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. in the Clerks Office of the District Court for the eastern District of Pennsylvania.'


Samuel Augustus Mitchell (March 20, 1792 - December 20, 1868) began his map publishing career in the early 1830s. Mitchell was born in Bristol, Connecticut. He relocated to Philadelphia in 1821. Having worked as a school teacher and a geographical writer, 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. More by this mapmaker...


Mitchell's New General Atlas 1867 edition.    


Very good. Verso repairs near margin. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 2483.045 (1870 edition).