Map of Denmark, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait
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Map of Denmark, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

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This hand-colored atlas map is a steel plate engraving created circa 1850 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell. During the time of this map's publication, Denmark was in conflict with Germany during the First Schleswig War. Erupting in the Spring of 1848, the conflict between the two nations began over Denmark's claim that the Duchy, or region, of Schleswig should become a part of the Danish Kingdom. With the help of Germany and Prussia, the people of Schleswig and Holstein began an uprising against Denmark, gathering enough soldiers to spark a war. For three years, the battles in the southern peninsular regions of Denmark continued until 1851, when Denmark finally declared victory. As a result, the Duchy of Schleswig, as well as other regions, were to remain independent, though with the King of Denmark as their head of state. 

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 10". Published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.

- Mackenzie Pleskovic

Plate size: 12" x 10"

Condition: Some foxing, but otherwise in excellent condition

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