Turkey in Asia.
1850 12.5 x 15 in (31.75 x 38.1 cm)
This beautiful hand colored map is a lithographic engraving of Turkey in Asia, dating to 1850. Beautiful map depicts most of modern day nations of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Kuwait. There is a beautiful inset of the Environs of Constantinople or Istanbul. Produced by the legendary American map publisher S. A. Mitchell Sr. in conjunction with the Cowperthwait firm of Philadelphia, PA. Dated and copyrighted '1850 by Thomas Cowperthwait & Co 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 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.
Very good condition.