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Auction 132, Lot 729

"Mitchell's School Atlas: Comprising the Maps, Etc., Designed to Illustrate Mitchell's School and Family Geography", Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1849 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

10 x 12 inches
25.4 x 30.5 cm

A nice example of Mitchell's famous school atlas with 28 maps, many double page, along with tables and statistics. Most of the maps are dated 1839 except the Texas and Western maps are dated 1846. The "Map of Oregon and Upper California" has a very early mention of the GOLD REGION located between the Feather River and the American Fork but without the gold region inset that soon appears. Texas is in a large configuration with the stove pipe continuing through the Green Mountains. The double page map of the United States features the large Oregon Territory filling the Northwest, shows Mexico in control of the Southwest and locates a large area in Texas labeled "Herds of Buffaloes and Wild Horses." Hardbound with pictorial paper over boards. This is the second revised edition, published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.


Condition: A

Near fine example and the best we've ever seen. Some occasional insignificant light foxing, the most on the map of North America at the front of the book. Covers with just a little rubbing and soiling, still an exceptional example that is sound with bright pages and strong impression and color to maps.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $400

Closed on 6/2/2010