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Auction 130, Lot 863

"Mitchell's New General Atlas, containing Maps of the Various Counties of the World, Plans of Cities, Etc…", Mitchell, Samuel Augustus

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1870 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

13 x 16 inches
33 x 40.6 cm
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This is a very nice example of Mitchell's atlas that is complete with "Sixty-Three Quarto Maps, Forming a Series of One Hundred Maps and Plans, together with Valuable Statistical Tables." Each map is beautifully hand colored and surrounded by Mitchell's signature floral border. At least thirty-three of the sheets are related to the United States with more than 45 individual states, regions and city plans. There are two world maps, one hemispheric and the other on Mercator's Projection. The very fine map of Texas features fine hand coloring and dark impression with a large inset "Galveston Bay, and Vicinity." This is Mitchell's first edition to show the Territory of Arizona with the borders known today, but with only four counties plus the nebulous political region of Pahute in the northwest corner. Wyoming is depicted in hand coloring but simply labeled Mountains, a state we've not previously encountered. With the uncommon double page map of California. Small folio, publisher's quarter morocco with stamped gilt title on front cover. Title page, List of Maps, maps and plans, List of Post Offices in the United States, Table of Population, Governments. &C., Table of Distances, Mountains of the World, and Rivers of the World. All pages including endpapers are present and maps are correctly collated. A nice example of this historical and desirable atlas that is filled with decorative maps and plans.


Condition: A

Very clean example with few spots on the end papers. The maps are all dark impressions with bright, original hand coloring. Spine and tips rubbed and abraded. Contents sound and mostly tight.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600

Sold for: $900

Closed on 12/2/2009