A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics of the World

Wonderful example of Mitchell’s 1847 atlas.

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Samuel Augustus Mitchell established himself in Philadelphia around 1830 with the goal of improving readily available maps in the United States. He quickly rose to become one of the country’s foremost map publishers, and issued the first edition of his New Universal Atlas in 1846. This is a lovely example of the second edition, published the following year.

Despite the title, the emphasis of the atlas is certainly on the United States, and Mitchell included 27 state maps (including Texas and Oregon/California) and 3 city plans (Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia). By the middle of the 19th century, the U.S. was undergoing a transportation revolution by road, rail and canal and Mitchell took special care to depict the latest available information. Several maps include profiles of canals or inset maps of major urban centers, in addition to tables containing available population statistics. Also included in the atlas is a decorative double hemisphere world map, a comparative chart of rivers and mountains, and numerous maps of countries across the world. Mitchell would continue to publish the atlas until 1850, which is when he sold the rights to the firm of Thomas, Cowperthwaite & Company.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1847

Author: Samuel Augustus Mitchell

Sheet Width (in): 14.5

Sheet Height (in): 17.25

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Very good condition. Bound in red quarter leather marbled boards, which are rubbed and worn but intact. Damp stains on the edges of the front endpapers and restoration work visible along the gutter. Most of the sheets exhibit minor toning and moderate discoloration concentrated largely in the outer margins. Includes 73 single page maps that are beautifully engraved with skillfully applied full hand color.

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