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  • Title: France
  • Author: Augustus Mitchell
  • Date: 1846
  • Medium: Hand-colored lithograph
  • Condition: Very Good - age toning, some areas of discoloration in image, minor chips in margins
  • Inches: 14 x 17 1/2 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 35.56 x 44.45 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 100793

Map of France by Philadelphia publisher Augustus Mitchell. Features an inset to the upper left of the environs of Paris, as well as an inset to the upper right of Corsica. Along the left-hand margin appears a numbered index of the country's thirty-two provinces.

Samuel Augustus Mitchell, born in Bristol, Connecticut in 1790, was perhaps the most prolific publisher of maps and atlases in the 19th century. Around 1830, Mitchell moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and here he founded his eponymous business around the same time. It was in 1860 that Mitchell’s son, by the same name, took over the business and would continue to run it for another two decades. At their peak, sales of their works would reach an annual volume of more than 400,000 copies.