1872 Mitchell Map of the City of Detroit, Michigan

Detroit-m-72
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Plan of Detroit
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1872 Mitchell Map of the City of Detroit, Michigan

Detroit-m-72


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Title


Plan of Detroit
  1872    12 x 15 in (30.48 x 38.1 cm)

Description


This hand colored map is a lithographic engraving, dating to 1873 by the legendary American Mapmaker S.A. Mitchell, the younger. It represents the city of Detroit. Detailed down to the street level with many important buildings labeled. Dated and copyrighted 1873.

Cartographer


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.

Condition


Very good condition. Minor waterstain bottom left - see photos. Michigan on verso.