Map of Italy - North Part, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait
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Map of Italy - North Part, 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. Only two years before the publication of this map, uprisings known as the Revolution of 1848 began to occur in Northern Italy. During this time, the regions of the Italian peninsula were not yet a united country; instead, separated into several different states. Ruled by the Austrian Empire, the states of Northern Italy were in support of a more liberal government. At the end of the Revolutions, the Italian states were not entirely free from the control of the Austrian Empire. Ultimately this was hypothesized to have been the result of the states' inability to unite and become one strong, independent nation.

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 16.15" x 17". Published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.

- Mackenzie Pleskovic

Plate size: 16.15" x 17"

Condition: Some minor spots, but otherwise in excellent condition

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