1850 Cowperthwait Map of Cuba and West Indies

West Indies.

1850 Cowperthwait Map of Cuba and West Indies


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West Indies.
  1850 (dated)    12 x 15 in (30.48 x 38.1 cm)


This scarce hand colored map is a lithographic engraving of the West Indies dating to 1850 by the legendary American Mapmaker S.A. Mitchell, the elder. Covers from Florida and the Bahamas south through the Caribbean nations of Cuba and Hispaniola (Haiti & the Dominican Republic) to the northern Part of South America and east to the Caribbee Islands or the Lesser Antilles. Includes the Bahamas (Bahama Islands).


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.


Mitchell Sr., S. A.,A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World. (1850 issue)    


Very good condition. Minor spotting around the 'TIC' in 'Atlantic'. Else clean.


Rumsey 0537.038. Phillips (Atlases) 6103-37.