1850 Mitchell Map of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland
Sweden and Norway.
1850 (dated) 12.5 x 10 in (31.75 x 25.4 cm)
A beautiful example of S. A. Mitchell senior's 1850 map of Scandinavia, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Map shows Scandinavia in full with color coding according to region. A table to the right of the map details various districts and prefectures. In addition to towns, cities, rivers, and provinces, Mitchell also identifies an assortment of additional geographical and topographical details. Notes the legendary and semi-mythical whirlpool known as the Maelstrom (Mahl Strom) in northwestern Norway. Published S. A. Mitchell Sr. as page numbers 56 in the 1850 edition of New Universal Atlas.
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.
Mitchell Sr., S. A.,A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World. (1850 issue)
Good. Minor offsetting and overall age toning. Blank on verso.
Rumsey 0537.052 (1847 edition). Phillips (Atlases), 6103-51,