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1866 Mitchell Map of New York City and Brooklyn

Plan of New York & c. - Main View

1866 Mitchell Map of New York City and Brooklyn



Plan of New York & c.
  1866 (dated 1860)     13.5 x 11 in (34.29 x 27.94 cm)


A beautiful example of S. A. Mitchell Junior's 1866 map of New York City, New York. Depicts New York City along with parts of Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Hoboken and Jersey City. Offers wonderful detail at the street level including references to parks, individual streets, trains, piers, ferries, and important buildings. Colored coded with pastels according to city wards. Surrounded by the attractive floral border common to Mitchell atlases between 1860 and 1866. 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 19 in the 1866 issue of Mitchell's New General Atlas. Like many American map publishers of this period, Mitchell did not regularly update his copyright, consequently this map is dated and copyrighted to 1860: ‘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.'


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., embraced in Fifty-Five Quarto Maps, Forming a series of Eight-Seven Maps and Plans, together with Valuable Statistical Tables, 1866 edition.    


Very good condition. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 0565.010. Phillips (Atlases) 831-16. New York Public Library, Map Division, Digital ID: 1510801. Haskell, Manhattan Maps: A Co-operative List, 1104 & 1105.