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Auction 184, Lot 353

Pocket-Map Edition Two Years Prior to Statehood

"Wisconsin", Mitchell, Samuel Augustus

Subject: Wisconsin

Period: 1846 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

13.3 x 15.6 inches
33.8 x 39.6 cm
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A fine pocket-map edition of this early Mitchell atlas map featuring the distinctive green and pink hand-colored border and clean, elegant engraving. It shows county development as it stood in 1844 with the recent formation of Dodge, Sauk, Fond du Lac, and Portage counties. The huge Crawford County was organized in 1818. Here St. Croix County is named but has actually been disorganized and was legally considered as "attached to Crawford." Carver's Claim, numerous Indian lands, and more are located. The Michigan border is here shown along the Montreal River to Lake Superior. An early and desirable edition of this map that appears unchanged from Tanner's 1844 edition of the Universal Atlas. Mitchell took over publication of the atlas in 1846 with two editions published that year. Many of the maps of the first 1846 edition still carried Tanner's copyright notice, but Mitchell removed all references to Tanner in the second issue of 1846.

References: Ristow, pp. 201-202.

Condition: B

Full contemporary color with light toning that is more prominent along the folds, a few small stains, and light soiling. There are tiny holes at the fold intersections. The covers are moderately worn with some small abrasions.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/15/2021