Map of the Austrian Empire, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait
This hand-colored map was created in 1850 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell. Only two years before the publication of this map, uprisings known as the Revolutions of 1848 began to occur throughout the regions of Central Europe. During this time, different states, such as those in Italy, had not yet formed into united countries. Ruled by the Austrian Empire, these regions were revolutionizing in an effort to become independent, as they were in support of more liberal governments. Though, at the end of the Revolutions, states were not entirely free from the control of the Austrian Empire. Ultimately, this lack of independence was hypothesized to have been the result of the inability for these Central European regions to unite.
Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1792-1868) turned his attention to mapmaking in the 1830s, due to his dissatisfaction with available school maps. He developed a map publishing business that would make him and later his son the most prominent American map publishers of the nineteenth century. By collaborating with prominent mapmakers and engravers of the day, such as James H. Young and Henry S. Tanner, Mitchell ensured that the maps he published were of the highest quality. During the 1850s, he partnered with Thomas, Cowperthwait, & Company to publish his A New Universal Atlas and his General Atlas. In 1860, his son Samuel Augustus, Jr, joined the company and he ensured that the Mitchell name remained an important one well into the 1880s.
Thomas, Cowperthwait, and Company was founded sometime in the early 1800s by Joseph Thomas and Hulings Cowperthwait. It operated under this name until 1853. The following year the company name changed to Cowperthwait, Desilver, and Butler. However, this configuration only lasted for about a year, before it became H. Cowperthwait & Company in 1856. After 1860, it appears the company experienced several more alterations, before ceasing publication at the end of the century.
This original antique map is single paged, as issued, with a plate size of 12" x 15". Published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.
Plate size: 12" x 15"
Condition: Some minor foxing, but otherwise in excellent condition