Spain and Portugal.
1850 13 x 16 in (33.02 x 40.64 cm)
This hand colored map is a copper plate engraving, dating to 1850, by the legendary American mapmaker S. A. Mitchell, the elder. It represents Spain and Portugal. Includes the Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Majorca, and Minorca. Lower right quadrant features inset map of environs of Madrid. Prepared by H.N. Burroughs for the 1850 edition of Mitchell's New General Atlas. Dated and copyrighted: 'Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1846 by H.N. Burroughs, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.'
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 copyrights were acquired 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 until 1887, when most of the copyrights were again sold and the Mitchell firm closed its doors for the final time.
Very good condition. Blank on verso. Minor age toning.
Rumsey 0537.049. Phillips 6103-48.