A New Map of the World in the Globular Projection.
1850 (dated) 10 x 15 in (25.4 x 38.1 cm)
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This is a beautiful hand colored map of the world published by S. A. Mitchell Sr. in 1850. Depicts the world on hemispherical projection and offers a fascinating snapshot of the world during a period of rapid globalization and discovery. Africa and Australia are largely unmapped in the interiors with coastlines accurately rendered. The coast of Antarctica is drawn in sketchily, based upon early expeditions. The map is color coded according to continents with counties named but their boundaries not defined. Various important cities, rivers, islands, mountain ranges, and several other topographical details are noted.
This map was issued as plate no. 1 in Mitchell's New General Atlas. Dated and copyrighted 'Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1850 by Thomas Cowperthwait & Co. in the Clerks 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.
Mitchell, S. A., A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World, (Thomas Cowperthwait & Co., Philadelphia) 1850.
Very good. Blank on verso.
Rumsey 3803.005 (1853 edition). Phillips (Atlases) 809.