Map of Germany, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait
This hand-colored map is a steel plate engraving created circa 1850 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell. In an attempt to create political and economic change in the nation with the new desire for a representative government, Germany saw a year of violent protests known as the Revolutions of 1848. Once the protests against the autocratic political structure in Germany proved to be unsuccessful, political unrest spread throughout the nation. As a result, many of the defeated liberals faced exile and began to emigrate to America. Throughout the years following the revolution, during the time this map was published, thousands of German citizens emigrated from four main city ports. Ninety percent of those boarding passenger ships were eager to start a new life with more constitutional rights granted by the government of the United States.
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 13" x 16". Published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.
Plate size: 13" x 16"
Condition: Some minor foxing, but otherwise in excellent condition