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Auction 114, Lot 728

"A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the Various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics of the World…", Mitchell, Samuel Augustus

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1850 (published)


Color: Hand Color

14.5 x 17.8 inches
36.8 x 45.2 cm
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The title continues "With a special map of each of the United States, Plans of Cities &c. Comprehended in seventy sheets and forming a series of one hundred and seventeen Maps Plans and Sections." A complete folio atlas published by Mitchell and registered in 1846 by H.N. Burroughs. Despite the title, the atlas actually calls for and contains 72 map sheets plus the frontis, of which 32 related directly to the United States. All maps are beautifully engraved, hand colored and surrounded by decorative borders. The map of Texas has the large post-Independence border. The map of Oregon, Upper California & New Mexico has no sign of the State of California, nor is Utah present here. A large, gold colored region in north central California is labeled Gold Region. Hardbound, "Lengths of the Principle Rivers and Heights of the Principle Mountains of the World" as frontis, title page with large vignette of Columbus landing in the New World, Table of Contents, maps and plates, 72 pages. Original green marble paper boards with gilt-stamped red quarter calf and label, quarter red leather spine and corners. Due to light occasional foxing a few maps are only good and include Connecticut, North Carolina, Mississippi, Iowa, California, Europe, and Holland. The last map, Palestine, has a fold across it as does the back free end paper. A very nice example of this increasingly difficult to find atlas. This example is complete in all regards including the blank end papers.


Condition: B

Binding is rubbed, bumped and partially lose at front. First free end paper with numerous folds, frontis and title with lower cover broken away not affecting image. Maps are very good to fine with marginal toning except as noted above.

Estimate: $5,000 - $6,000

Sold for: $3,750

Closed on 3/1/2006