Auction 134, Lot 759

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

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1866 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

13 x 16 inches
33 x 40.6 cm

This is a great example of Mitchell's atlas that is complete with 92 maps and plans (only 91 given in List of Maps), on 64 sheets. Each sheet is surrounded by Mitchell's signature grapevine border. Thirty-three of the sheets are related to the United States with 44 individual states, regions and city plans. There are two world maps, one hemispheric and the other on Mercator's Projection. With a very fine example of the Texas map with great hand coloring and nice impression. This edition depicts an early configuration for the Territory of Arizona with it owning the southern tip of Nevada that includes Las Vegas. Wyoming is still colored as part of Dakota, but is separately named, and extends westward to include a sliver of Montana. 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. A nice example of this historical and desirable atlas that is filled with decorative maps and plans.


Condition: A

All of the maps are stunning, fine examples with bright impression and coloring (A+). The first world map, however, has a little light toning, likely from a piece of lower quality paper stored against it, a common practice. The covers have very slight shelf wear, but the leather on spine is aged with the front edge cracked at the front board. A very nice example with clean end papers that have no ink or prior owner's marks, most unusual.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 12/1/2010