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Auction 181, Lot 744

"Mitchell's New Referencce Atlas for the Use of Colleges, Libraries, Families, and Counting Houses, in a Series of Fifty-Six Copperplate Maps...", Mitchell, Samuel Augustus

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1865 (published)


Color: Hand Color

10.5 x 12.8 inches
26.7 x 32.5 cm

This uncommon atlas published near the conclusion of the Civil War contains 51 of the 56 called for maps (missing the map of Europe and four regional maps of Europe - see photos for list of maps). The 51 included maps are issued on 30 single-page sheets and 5 double-page sheets. More than half of the maps relate to the Americas, with 15 including the United States. Of particular interest is the double-page map of the United States, which shows the new state of West Virginia (which seceded from Virginia in 1863), Wyoming "Attached to Dakota", and Arizona occupying the southern tip of Nevada. The atlas also features single-page maps of Texas with county development extending beyond the 100th meridian, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico & Indian Territory showing early county development, and a map of the entire west entitled California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and Washington. The maps are followed by 7 pages of statistical tables, including data from the 1860 census. Published by E.H. Butler & Co. in Philadelphia. Rebacked with quarter leather and tips over original cloth boards.


Condition: B

Maps are good to very good with scattered foxing. The map of Switzerland is moderately toned. Covers are worn with modern spine backing and tips.

Estimate: $750 - $900

Sold for: $550

Closed on 2/10/2021