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1872 Mitchell Map of Cuba and the Bahamas

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1872 Mitchell Map of Cuba and the Bahamas



  1872 (dated)     11 x 14.5 in (27.94 x 36.83 cm)


A beautiful example of S. A. Mitchell Jr.'s 1872 map of Cuba. Shows cities, towns, railroads and roadways with color coding according to district. Also includes the Great Bahama Bank and many of the Bahama Islands. Shows parts of south Florida, naming Miami, Ponce de Leon Bay, Key West and the Everglades. Shows shipping routes from Havana to New York and other destinations. Features the vine motif border typical of Mitchell maps from the 1865-80 period. Prepared for inclusion as plate 18 in the 1872 issue of Mitchell's New General Atlas. Dated and copyrighted, 'Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1872 by S. Augustus 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. 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. A., Mitchell's New General Atlas, containing maps of the various countries of the World, plans of cities, etc., (1872 edition).    


Very good conditon. Minor margin repair left side. Blank on verso.


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