Map of the Austrian Empire, Italian States, Turkey in Europe and Greece, 1860, Mitchell
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Map of the Austrian Empire, Italian States, Turkey in Europe and Greece, 1860, Mitchell

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Map of the Austrian Empire, Italian States, Turkey in Europe and Greece, 1860, Mitchell

This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1860 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Junior. In the year 1860, Italian nationalists had set their sights upon the Kingdom of Two Sicilies. The famous military leader Giuseppe Garibaldi planned an expedition against Sicily and Naples with the support of the United Kingdom. On May 11th of 1860, Garibaldi and his legion arrived in Italy and, with the help of British ships, managed to capture Sicily. Between May and October of 1860, Garibaldi won battle after battle in his expedition, eventually forcing King Francis the II to abandon Naples. On October 21st, it was confirmed that the Kingdom of Two Sicilies had officially been annexed. However, it would not be until the next year the campaign would finally come to an end when Gaeta surrendered to the Sardinian Army that February. The expedition would become known as the Expedition of the Thousand, and is one of the most celebrated campaigns in the unification of Italy.

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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