1848 Mitchell Map of New York City

City of New-York.

1848 Mitchell Map of New York City


Very early example of S. A. Mitchell' Senior's Atlas Map of New York City.

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City of New-York.
  1848 (dated)    15.75 x 12.5 in (40.005 x 31.75 cm)


This hand colored map of New York City is a lithograph engraving, dating to 1848 by the legendary American Mapmaker S.A. Mitchell Sr. Depicts the island of Manhattan from 37th street (Kips Bay) south to Battery Park and Brooklyn from Williamsburg to Columbia St. The whole is shown in magnificent detail with many important buildings, ranging from the Brooklyn Navel Yards to important hotels and churches, are depicted and labeled. One of the most visually appealing maps of New York City to emerge from the workshops of a mid 19th century American cartographer. Map was engraved by N. N. Burroughs and is dated 1848, thought copyrighted to 1846.


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 Sr., S. A.,A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World. (1848 issue)    


Very good condition. Blank on verso.


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