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  • Title: United States
  • Author: S. Augustus Mitchell
  • Date: 1846
  • Medium: Hand-colored lithograph
  • Condition: Very Good Plus - age toning, foxing, original hand color
  • Inches: 13 x 16 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 33.02 x 40.64 [Image]
  • Product ID: 233085

Map of the United States as it appeared in 1846 by Philadelphia publisher Samuel Augustus Mitchell. Shows parts of Canada, Texas, the territories of Iowa and Wisconsin, and the Bahamas. Features original hand coloring.

Samuel Augustus Mitchell came to dominate the Philadelphia mapmaking market in the 1840s by entering into a partnership with the map draftsman James H. Young and then by absorbing the mapmaking firms of Anthony Finley (1784-1836) and Henry S. Tanner (1786-1858). Like his competitor Alvin Johnson, Mitchell was quick to adopt the technological innovation of lithography in his printing and established himself as the foremost American map publisher of his day. In 1860, he was succeeded by his son, Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Jr. (1826-1882). At its height, the Mitchells’ company may have had as many as 250 employees and sold over 400,000 publications annually.