A New Map of Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies. / Map of the Island of Cuba. / Map of the Bermuda Islands.
1860 13.5 x 22 in (34.29 x 55.88 cm)
A fine example of Mitchell's 1864 map of Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies. Depicts the region in considerable detail with notations regarding states, rail lines, shipping routes, and geographical features. Feature four inset maps. The two maps in the lower left quadrant depict the Island of Jamaica and the Island of Cuba. The two maps in the upper right quadrant feature the Bermuda Islands and the Isthmus of Panama (Panama Railroad). It is interesting to note that this map was not updated from the original 1860 issue to reflect the partitioning of New Mexico and Arizona in 1864. Mitchell may have used the left over printings of the 1860 issue of this map to populate his atlases until the mid 1860s when he finally updated the plate. One of the most attractive American atlas maps of the West Indies to appear in the mid 19th century. Features the floral border typical of Mitchell maps from the 1860-65 period. Prepared by W. Williams for inclusion as map nos. 48, 49, 50, 51 and 52 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. A. Mitchell Jr. in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the U.S. for 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 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.
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)
Very good condition. Minor discoloration on original centerfold.
Rumsey 0565.028 (1860 edition). Phillips (Atlases) 831-40. New York Public Library, Map Division, 1510823.