1860 Mitchell Map of Michigan and Wisconsin ( first edition )

MIWI-mitchell-1860
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County Map of Michigan and Wisconsin.
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1860 Mitchell Map of Michigan and Wisconsin ( first edition )

MIWI-mitchell-1860


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Title


County Map of Michigan and Wisconsin.
  1860 (dated)    11 x 13.5 in (27.94 x 34.29 cm)

Description


A beautiful example of the first edition of S. A. Mitchell's 1860 map of Michigan and Wisconsin. Depicts both states in considerable detail with color coding at the county level. Also includes all of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron as well as parts of Lake Superior and Lake Erie. Surrounded by the attractive floral border common to Mitchell atlases issued between 1860 and 1865. In later editions of his atlas, Mitchell would update this map by increasing the scale and layout. One of the more attractive atlas maps of New York to appear in the mid 19th century. Prepared by S. A. Mitchell Jr. for inclusion as plate 34 in the 1860 issue of Mitchell's New General Atlas. Dated and copyrighted, 'Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1860 by S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the U.S. for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.'

Cartographer


Samuel Augustus Mitchell (March 20, 1792 - December 20, 1868) Senior 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 teamed up with printer Cowperthwait & Company to produce the Mitchell's Universal Atlas and the Mitchell's General Atlas. In the late 1850s most of the Mitchell copyrights were bought by Desilver and Co. who continued to publish his maps, many with modified borders and color schemes, until Mitchell's son, Samuel Augustus Mitchell Junior, entered the picture. 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.

Source


Mitchell Jr., S. A., Mitchell's New General Atlas, Containing Maps Of The Various Countries Of The World, Plans Of Cities, Etc. Embraced In Forty-Seven Quarto Maps, Forming A Series Of Seventy-Six Maps And Plans, Together With Valuable Statistical Tables, (1860 first edition).    

Condition


Very good condition. Blank on verso.

References


Rumsey 0565.024. Phillips (Atlases) 831-34.