Map of Greece, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait
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Map of Greece, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

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Map of Greece, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

In January of 1850, Lord Palmerston of Great Britain sent a naval squadron to block Piraeus. Such a decision was made in order to force Greece to pay compensation to David Pacifico. Serving as the consul-general for Portugal in Greece, David Pacifico watched his house burn down in 1847 during an anti-Semitic riot while the police stood by doing nothing to stop the rioters. By January 22nd of 1850, all Greek vessels had been detained, however France was encouraging King Otto to resist acquiescing to the demands made by Pacifico for compensation. Russia and France protested Palmerston's decision, since the nations shared in a protectorate in Greece with Great Britain. Greece agreed to pay four-thousand pounds to Pacifico. However, due to the loss of important papers, he was only awarded one-hundred and fifty for his damages.

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.

- Ashe Nicholson


Plate size: 15.2" x 12.5"

Condition: Some minor foxing, but otherwise in excellent condition


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