County Map of England and Wales, 1860, Mitchell
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County Map of England and Wales, 1860, Mitchell

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County Map of England and Wales, 1860, Mitchell

This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1860 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Junior. A few short years before this map depicting England and Wales was published, thousands of men had left their homes in these counties, as they had been drafted for the Crimean War. These nations of Great Britain were part of an alliance with France, Sardinia, and the Ottoman Empire in an effort to prevent Russia from conquering the Ottoman territory. The war being the result of a dispute regarding opposing religions and control of the Black Sea, Russia had been interested in conquering a naval base located on the Crimean Peninsula. As Great Britain joined the war effort in the mid-1850s, it was not without protest. Throughout those years, the British public had expressed their dissatisfaction with the war through riots. Though, the troops were finally sent home with the end of the Crimean War, the result a victory against Russia.

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.

This original antique map is single paged, as issued, with a plate size of 14" x 11". Published in Pennsylvania by S.A. Mitchell Jr. in 1860.

- Mackenzie Pleskovic 

Plate size: 14" x 11"

Condition: Excellent condition

 


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