Outstanding 1851 Mitchell's New Universal Atlas W/ 33 Maps Of American Interest For Sale
Very rare and very important, 1851 American Atlas by Augustus Mitchell fully titled "A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics of the World. With a special map of each of the United States, Plans of Cities &c." - otherwise known as "Mitchell's Universal Atlas". Published by Thomas Coperthwaite & Co. Philadelphia, 1851. Many of the Maps included here are copyright in the 1830's and 1840's and identical to those found in the 1st Edition of this very important American Hand Colored Atlas.
This important American Atlas measures approx. 14" x 17 3/4" and contains 73 hand colored sheets "forming a series of One Hundred and Twenty-Two Maps, Plans and Sections.". The atlas includes an engraved title page with large vignette, letterpress table of contents, hand-colored frontispiece of the heights of the principal mountains and lengths of the principal rivers, 73 hand-colored lithographed maps, charts and city plans. It is bound in its' original publisher's 1/2 leather (red morocco) and marbled paper-covered boards with a red morocco title label that is elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt on front cover. Although published by Coperthwaite, the Atlas retains the original title of "Mitchell's Universal Atlas" on the red morocco label affixed to the front cover.
Despite its title, the Atlas concentrates to a marked degree on the American continent with 34 maps of the American Interest, including a fine, double page map of the United States with an inset Map of the "Gold Regions" of California. Also of special interest is the rare and famous map of "Oregon, Upper California & New Mexico".
S. Augustus Mitchell and his sons were the leading publishers of maps in the United States during most of the nineteenth century. Mitchell had come to Philadelphia around 1830 with the intention of improving the standard of geography textbooks, Philadelphia then being the leading city in America for cartographical publications. His "New American Atlas", published in 1831, was his first work. In 1845 he acquired the rights to Tanner's New Universal Atlas (first published in 1836), and in 1846 he published his first edition of the present work. Mitchell continued to publish the Atlas until 1850, when he sold the copyright to Cowperthwait & Co. of Philadelphia.
This very rare and highly sought after, 1851Mitchell's Universal Atlas is in excellent condition. The binding and covers are tight and intact with some wear at the extremities and some surface scuffs to the marble boards but still attractive and very tight.. The interior plates are complete and tight with bright and vibrant original coloring. The Maps are quite clean throughout (printed on one side only) with some light age toning to the margins of some of the plates and some scattered, VERY light foxing to a few of the Maps but this is almost entirely confined to the margin areas.
This is simply one of the RAREST and most IMPORTANT American Atlases and it is offered here, as always, with !! Good Luck!!
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Outstanding 1851 Mitchell's New Universal Atlas W/ 33 Maps Of American Interest: $2,900