Map of Sweden and Norway, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

Map of Sweden and Norway, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

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Map of Sweden and Norway, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

By the time 1850 rolled around, Sweden and Norway had enjoyed a political union for 36 years, proving to be a relatively strong force. During the First Schleswig War in 1848, Sweden-Norway aided Denmark by offering military support as a response to Prussia's violation of borders within the Kingdom. Sweden-Norway sent out a small joint force to Funen while keeping a reserve on standby in Scania. Such a political move and the union between Sweden and Norway demonstrates Scandinavium, which were literary and political movements that demonstrated cooperation and unity between Scandinavian nations. Scandinavium promoted the idea of a shared Nordic past and culture. 

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: 10.4" x 12.5"

Condition: Some minor foxing, but otherwise in excellent condition

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