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1876 Mitchell Map of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Plan of the City of Philadelphia and Camden. - Main View

1876 Mitchell Map of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Plan of the City of Philadelphia and Camden.
  1876 (dated)     15 x 22 in (38.1 x 55.88 cm)


A beautiful example of S. A. Mitchell Jr.'s 1876 folio map of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Covers downtown Philadelphia and adjacent Camden, offering street detail on both sides of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. Names important buildings, parks, roads, railways, public work, and military installations. Color coded according to city wards. Surrounded by the attractive vine motif border common to Mitchell atlases between 1866 and 1880. One of the more attractive atlas maps of Philadelphia to appear in the later 19th century. Prepared by S. A. Mitchell Jr. for inclusion as plates 42-43 in the 1876 issue of Mitchell's New General Atlas. Dated and copyrighted, 'Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1876 by S. Augustus Mitchell in the Office of the Librarian of Congress in Washington.'


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 Jr., S. A., Mitchell's New General Atlas, 1876 edition.    


Very good. Original centerfold. Blank on verso.