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Auction 189, Lot 736

"Mitchell's New General Atlas, Containing Maps of the Various Countries of the World, Plans of Cities, Etc., Embraced in Sixty-Three Quarto Maps...", Mitchell, Samuel Augustus

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1871 (published)


Color: Hand Color

13 x 15.7 inches
33 x 39.9 cm
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This is a nice example of Mitchell's world atlas, complete with 95 maps and plans on 58 sheets, each surrounded by Mitchell's signature floral border. (The pagination is slightly different from the list of maps.) There are 34 map sheets related to the United States including individual states and territories, regions, and city plans. There are two world maps - one hemispheric and the other drawn on Mercator's Projection.

The map of Texas shows county development to 100° longitude with the large regions of El Paso, Presidio and the Bexar Territory further west. The Staked Plain is now called Young Territory. The double-page County Map of Dakota, Wyoming Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado locates the Gold Region surrounding Denver City; in the edition from the previous year, the map of this region was on a single page and did not extend into Montana Territory or the upper reaches of Dakota. The map of the United States shows an extensive railroad network throughout the East, the Transcontinental Railroad, wagon roads, and various mail routes shown in the western territories. There is an early atlas map of Alaska, published just a few years after the territory was purchased from Russia. The atlas also includes full-page plans of the cities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Chicago, and St. Louis. Most of the maps carry an 1870 or 1871 copyright date, with a 1867 date on a few of the maps of other continents.

Hardbound small folio, quarter leather with tips over brown cloth boards with stamped gilt title on the front cover. Title page, List of Maps, maps and plans are followed by 31 pages of text: Reference Table Containing the Post Offices in the Unites States and Territories; Appendix Containing New Post Offices Established Since the Compilation of the Reference Table; Population of the United States by the Census of 1860 and 1870; Table of Population, Governments. &c.; Table of Distances; Mountains of the World; and Rivers of the World. A nice example of this historical and desirable atlas.


Condition: B+

Condition grade is for the maps, whcih are in good to very good condition, with light soiling and/or foxing on some of them. There is light dampstaining in the pastedown and endpapers at the back of the book. The front hinge is starting with moderate wear to covers and some chipping along the corners and spine.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $750

Closed on 9/14/2022