1850 Mitchell Map of Argentina, Chili, La Plata and Uruguay
Description: This hand colored map is a copper plate engraving, dating to 1850 by the legendary American Mapmaker S.A. Mitchell, the elder. It represents the state of Alabama. This historically important map is extremely rare as it existed only in the 1850 edition of the Mitchellís Universal Atlas. American Indian Tribes are carefully noted. Political boundaries as well as major rivers, territories, and counties are carefully labeled. Also included are major canals, explorerís routes, roads, trading posts, and extant & proposed railroads. Further, all notable mountains, passes, and even important trading posts are labeled, as are bodies of water, rivers, mountains, islands, and sub regions. Most major national and local political distinctions are outlined and defined by vibrant color: reds, greens, yellows & browns. This map is dated and copyrighted, 1850.
References: None found.
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. Click here for a list of rare maps from Samuel Augustus Mitchell.
Size: Printed area measures 17 x 13.4 inches (43.18 x 34.036 centimeters)
Condition: Very good condition.
Code: Argentina-m-50 (Necessary for phone inquiries: 646-320-8650)