1864 Mitchell Map of Washington, Oregon and Idaho

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Map of Oregon, Washington and part of Idaho.
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1864 Mitchell Map of Washington, Oregon and Idaho

WAORID-mitchell-1864


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Title


Map of Oregon, Washington and part of Idaho.
  1860 (dated)    11 x 13.5 in (27.94 x 34.29 cm)

Description


A beautiful example of S. A. Mitchell Jr.'s 1864 map of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, with parts of modern day Montana and Wyoming . Washington and Oregon and depicted with defined counties only in the western sector, with the eastern portion of the states largely Unexplored. The newly formed territory of Idaho is depicted including modern day Montana and Wyoming. Notes unexplored regions, geographical features, explorers notes and American Indian Nations. Following the Gold Rush settlers flooded into this region seeking a new life in the American west. Shows the Emigrant Trail, or as it is now known, the Oregon Trail. One of the most interesting and ephemeral maps of this transitional region to appear in the mid 19th century. Features the floral border typical of Mitchell maps from the 1860-65 period. Prepared by S. A. Mitchell for inclusion as plate 44 in the 1864 issue of Mitchell's New General Atlas. Dated and copyrighted, '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.'

Cartographer


Samuel Augustus Mitchell (March 20, 1792 - December 20, 1868) Senior 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 teamed up with printer Cowperthwait & Company to produce the Mitchell's Universal Atlas and the Mitchell's General Atlas. In the late 1850s most of the Mitchell copyrights were bought by Desilver and Co. who continued to publish his maps, many with modified borders and color schemes, until Mitchell's son, Samuel Augustus Mitchell Junior, entered the picture. 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.

Source


Mitchell's New General Atlas, containing Maps of the Various Countries of the World, Plans of Cities, Etc., Embraced in Fifty-three Quarto Maps, forming a series of Eighty-Four Map and Plans, together with Valuable Statistical Tables. (1864 Edition)    

Condition


Very good condition. Minor foxing. Blank on verso.

References


Rumsey 2483.039 (1870 edition). New York Public Library, Map Division, 1510821.