County and Township Map of the States of Massachusetts Connecticut and Rhode Island.
1873 (dated) 15 x 22 in (38.1 x 55.88 cm)
A beautiful example of S. A. Mitchell Jr.'s 1873 map of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Shows cities, towns, railroads and roadways with color coding according to district. Also includes both Martha Vineyard and Nantucket. Features the vine motif border typical of Mitchell maps from the 1865-80 period. Prepared by W. H. Gamble for inclusion as plate 14 in the 1873 issue of Mitchell's New General Atlas. Dated and copyrighted, 'Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1873 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. 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 and Mitchell's General Atlas. By about 1856 most of the Mitchell copyrights were bought by Charles Desilver who continued to publish his 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 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.
Mitchell, S. A., Mitchell's New General Atlas, containing maps of the various countries of the World, plans of cities, etc., (1873 edition).
Very good condition. Original centerfold. Light overall toning. Blank on verso.