Map of Prussia, and the German States, 1880, Mitchell

Map of Prussia, and the German States, 1880, Mitchell

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Map of Prussia, and the German States, 1880, Mitchell

This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1860 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Junior. At this time, the German States had recently just recovered from the Kulturkampf against the Catholic community. The Catholic Church's power and influence had actively been curtailed at every turn as Chancellor Otto von Bismarck attempted to break up the ever growing Catholic Party, passing legislation in effort to restrict as much of Clergy's rights as possible. This legislation ranged from restriction of speech to land confiscation. However, things were able to quiet down once Pope Leo III, whom reached out to Kaiser Wilhelm upon his re-election. With the cooperation of Pope Leo III, peace and mitigation laws were able to be established. In 1880, the First Mitigation Law was created, reestablishing payments to Prussian dioceses and relieving clergy from obligation to swear to Prussian Law, enabling five bishops to be reinstated. 

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.
- Ashley Nicholson

Plate Size: 11.2" x 13.75"

Condition: In excellent condition

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