Map of Russia, Sweden and Norway, 1877, Mitchell
This hand-colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1877 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Junior. At this time, Norway and Sweden were united by King Oscar II. He succeeded the throne from his brother King Charles XV & IV. An excellent diplomat, he was well-loved by his fellow European monarchs and even respected by the United States government. One of his major accomplishments was to further the creation of the parliamentary system in Sweden during his reign. Over in Russia, the Russo-Turkish War was fought against the Ottoman Empire. The two battled from 1877 to 1878. The lands of Bulgaria, Armenia and Georgia were theaters of a war that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Muslim civilians and the emigration of Jews, who fled to Constantinople for protection. Ultimately, Russia crushed the Ottoman army and claimed dominance over many nations, including Serbia and Romania.
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.
This original antique map is single paged, as issued, with a plate size of 14" x 11". Published by S.A. Mitchell in 1877.
- Onastasia Youssef
Plate size: 14" x 11"
Condition: Excellent condition