Map of Hindoostan, Farther India, China and Tibet, 1877, Mitchell
This hand-colored map is a steel-plate engraving dating to 1877 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Junior. At this time, the region then called Hindustan (present-day India) was ruled by legendary British monarch, Queen Victoria. The Madras Famine of 1877 that plagued India was ignored by the British colonialists, who regarded the tragedy as the byproduct of an unhealthy environment and a natural result of overpopulation of those they perceived to be 'inferior.' In the same year, China - ruled by the Qing Dynasty - also suffered from a similar famine, resulting in mass death. 1877 also saw the end of the Dungan Revolt, an ethnic conflict that resulted in a large migration of the Hui people from China to Russia. The area designated on the map as "Farther India" is a diverse region made up of present-day Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam, and more. Each of these nations were touched by the influence of the French, Dutch, British and Spaniards.
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 by S.A. Mitchell in 1877.
- Onastasia Youssef
Plate size: 14" x 11"
Condition: Excellent condition